ASSOCIATION OF PRINCIPIA SCIENTIFIC INTERNATIONAL
(a collective of private individuals serving a public purpose)
"per veritas ad victoriam"
1. DEFINING WHO WE ARE:
Principia Scientific International (PSI) is a science association and active publisher of science articles, newsletters, compendiums and books both for altruistic and commercial purposes. We share the financial rewards from sales and take seriously our obligations to our members, financial backers, customers and others to place benefits for the broader community above private gain.
2. PSI AND POLITICS: THE BASIC PRINCIPLES
PSI serves no political purpose, supports no political party (or parties) and does not engage in political activities. Our advocacy is for the advancement of the traditional scientific method (as per the ideas of Karl Popper) and resolute opposition to 'post-normalism' in science.
3. EARLY BEGINNINGS
Principia Scientific International (PSI) was originally conceived in 2010 after 22 international climate experts and authors joined forces to write the climate science bestseller, ‘Slaying the Sky Dragon: Death of the Greenhouse Gas Theory.’
The two-volume publication is the world’s first and only detailed refutation of the greenhouse gas effect. According to prominent climate skeptic, Lord Monckton the book soon became " the talk of the Cancun Climate Conference." We are proud of the science presented in the book and of the fact it has withstood scrutiny from far and wide.
4. RE-ASSERTING TRADITIONAL SCIENTIFIC METHODS
Despite our achievements in climate science publishing our prime focus is tackling the root cause of the malaise that befell climatology: the rise of post-normal science.
Climate science was the most conspicuous victim of a hijack attempt of science for global political policy purposes and stands as a stark warning of the insidious power of post-normalism. As President Dwight D. Eisenhower foretold, the monolithic juggernaut that is government science (a key driver of post-normal rationale) is all too easily able to subvert open science debate and deny empirical evidence when it suits.
All around the world supporters of the traditional scientific method are expressing fears that unless principled people unite to stem its ascendancy; ‘post-normal’ science will rise again and again in various guises. We proudly recruit our members from all walks of life, including the science blogging community that is increasingly seen as a much-needed watchdogs of science ethics in our governments and multi-national corporations.
Thanks to the Internet a grassroots movement has grown and succeeded in exposing the myth of so-called runaway 'greenhouse gas' warming. Further landmark achievements are sure to follow as long as openness and transparency reigns.
5. FOUNDING MEMBERS & SENIOR FELLOWS
British legal analyst and science writer, John O’Sullivan pursued a vision to form a large body of experts united in opposing the worst excesses of government-funded science. By working as a team PSI is succeeding where lone voices had failed. From the outset PSI was driven by retired Dutch Analytical Chemist, Hans Schreuder, Texan engineer and science writer, Joseph A. Olson and Canada's most popular climatologist, Dr. Tim Ball. Dr. Ball was our first appointed Chair of PSI and his reputation endures as a popular figure in the campaign against junk science. In 2013 John Sanderson became our new Chairman.
In July 2011 PSI published the first of a series of science papers under the optimistic banner of Principia Scientific International. All PSI's published papers are thoroughly peer-reviewed among a team of highly qualified experts. PSI is particularly proud of all it’s papers not least our first by Biologist, Professor Nasif Nahle and Astrophysicist, Joe Postma. These and all our subsequent free-to-view papers are located in the 'Publications' section of this website.
6. POLITICIZATION OF THE SCIENCE ESTABLISHMENT
PSI dsavows itself of party political views and never has and never will seek funding from any political party or corporate or educational institutions tainted by party politics or 'post normal' ideology. We aim to sustain an open and objective position in showcasing work by authors/scientists/researchers often shunned by unsympathetic mainstream journals and publishers appearing to act as politicized 'gatekeeper' functionaries.
Our readers and members understand that science, like any profession, is just as likely to be prone to human failings leading to corruption, misconduct and criminality. In recent years there has grown a wide perception of deep divisions in the scientific community; fears abound that ‘good’ government science is too often tainted by zealous political advocacy and thus subjectivism is perceived to have unduly swayed the upper echelons of certain national science associations.
If you are a scientist or science-related professional concerned about such a gatekeeping mentality then rest assured that you are not alone and are welcome among us. Please contact us for advice and support. You will find PSI is replete with like-minded men and women now prepared to speak out against those leading science journals and national science academies that appear to have sold out to a hidden political agenda.
7. PEER REVIEW IN OPEN MEDIA ('PROM')
Scientists and the wider general public are now more wary of what is reported about science. Rightly or wrongly the traditional peer review process has fallen into some disrepute. The world has learned how a fledgling branch of science, Climatology, has become tarnished by a series of well-documented scandals.
An international 'grading system' among science journals that ranks publications for their adherence to an arbitrary code that is sinister and corruptive of an objective peer review process has been exposed. Grassroots scientists, especially those active in the blogosphere, are welcoming a new approach: open peer review.
We call our own non-elitist version Peer Review in Open Media ('PROM') and it is done in an inclusive and non partisan, user-friendly spirit as increasingly evidenced on the better contemporary science blogs.
As per our policy statement commitment, PSI is a champion of the new medium of mass peer-to-peer open scientific review. We will ensure that a team of fully qualified reviewers openly and objectively reviews all scientific papers that bear the PSI seal.
As such, we are always looking for highly qualified and experienced new members to join our reviewing team so they may act as citizen science reviewers. So whether you are interested in becoming a PSI Expert Reviewer, or simply want to be part of an exciting new movement in international science, please join us today.
8. OUR BROAD STRATEGY FOR CHANGE
PSI aims to restore the image of the vast majority of scientists by proactively applying viable strategies (e.g. creating educational publications, lobbying, blogging, public speaking, media/marketing and pursuing legal remedies as a last resort) by:
- lobbying policymakers to address perceived misconduct
- exposing bias and promoting transparency (via 'PROM' process)
- confronting poor professional practice
- correcting misinformation
PSI welcomes scientists and all concerned citizens who support the Scientific Method and wish to see corruption in science exposed and remedied. PSI commits itself to advancing the formal creation of a new concept: open online peer-to-peer review. We believe such real time transparent assessment of the latest scientific findings will become the new 'gold standard' of peer review to replace the secretive and readily corruptive 'pal review' system at the root of the malaise within modern science.
9. TRANSPARENCY, STAKEHOLDING, QUALITY ADMINISTRATION
Transparency is as important to PSI as it was to Karl Popper. Each new stakeholder gets a clear idea of how PSI has performed. We will make an annual report detailing what PSI has done and how this has benefited the community.
PSI aims to affiliate with other organizations that share our values and support our ethos to conduct our business with a social purpose. As the association grows we will consult with our stakeholders with a view to adopting a more rigorous institutionalized legal and financial format of association e.g. either as a limited company (limited by guarantee, public or private companies limited by shares), CIC (as per UK law) or charity. This will be accordance with our stated policies.
10. FINANCIAL BENEFITS FOR MEMBERS
In the short term, PSI is first and foremost a private association carrying on a social activity and must be viable as such. As a business with social goals we will need to generate surpluses to support all our activities, maintain our vital assets, deliver our promised contribution to the community and in some cases make a limited return to investors.
Thus far we have kept overheads low by working as committed volunteers. In future we will charge a small premium to cover our overheads and pay token recompense to our most dedicated and hard-working contributors.
11. TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP
Discipline and Termination
Occasionally PSI's positive and supportive environment may be disrupted by the actions of one of its members. Often when the disruption continues, the association suffers and the positive, intellectually edifying environment disappears. Members’ open interaction and positive exchange of ideas is slowed, perhaps even tainted. Some members may even drop out. When this happens, PSI senior members may wish to take action. First, the CEO, and/or other members of the senior team should discuss the problem privately with the disruptive member and encourage him or her to help maintain PSI's positive atmosphere. The senior team should try to rectify the situation before taking steps to discipline or terminate the membership of a member. If the member’s behavior doesn’t improve, a vote may be called among senior members who may wish to ask the person to resign or to proceed with disciplinary action, including terminating the person’s membership. This procedure can be handled by either the CEO and at least one other senior team member (a holder of an officially designated position) or by the entire PSI membership. The senior team members dealing with the matter may determine, by majority vote, whether the disciplinary procedure will take place at senior member level or by vote at ordinary membership level. A member dismissed from PSI has no right of appeal and PSI reserves the right the remove any and all of an published material on the website authored by, or relating to, the terminated member. If the terminated member is a paid subscriber he/she forfeits any right to claim reimbursement on any subscriptions already paid.
12. BECOMING A MEMBER