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Deconstruction of Simon Chapmans Nocebo Thesis

12 important things to know about wind farms, health and nocebo effects, by Simon Chapman

Simon Chapman, the Australian misocapnist, posted a video lecture outlining his thoughts about wind turbines and health, titled “12 things you need to know about wind farms and health”. It’s more than 26 minutes long, and seemingly designed to bore the viewer so much that they will give up and take his thesis on faith. Your editor, however, sat through the whole thing and here raises some issues with Professor Chapman’s presentation.1. Modern wind farms have existed since early 1980s.2. Health objections to wind farms are relatively recent [since 2002].

The obvious question is, has anything in the nature of wind farms changed?

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The numbers of wind turbines have increased steadily over the past decade, so it is not surprising to find that they have affected more people.
Furthermore, the size of wind turbines made a distinctive leap around the year 2000. Larger sizes and higher towers mean more noise travelling farther, and particularly more low-frequency noise, which travels even farther and does not stop at — in fact, often resonates with — walls and windows.3. Opponents claim there are immediate and long-term health impacts.
Chapman illogically presents examples of no effects reported as proof that instances of reported effects are false and again dodges the obvious question of mechanism: size and number of turbines, distance from homes, nature of noise that affects some people and not others. Nina Pierpont suggested an inner ear disturbance (like motion sickness) caused by low-frequency noise from large (post-2000) wind turbines sited within 1-2 km from homes. Before then, low frequencies were not considered in noise measurements. Since then, low-frequency noise has indeed been measured in the homes of affected individuals.  To read full article and view charts, click here…..
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One Comment on “Deconstruction of Simon Chapmans Nocebo Thesis”

  1. cornwallwindwatch December 31, 2013 at 8:26 am #

    Reblogged this on Cornwall Wind Watch.

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