February 5, 2010
PRETTY SOON CLIMATOLOGY WILL SPAWN ITS OWN RICHARD DAWKINS:
Scientists, you are fallible. Get off the pedestal and join the common herd: Climatologists above all need to rediscover the virtue of self-criticism - or others will continue to question their evidence (Simon Jenkins, 2/04/10, guardian.co.uk)
So scientists are human after all. They are no different from bankers, politicians, lawyers, estate agents and perhaps even journalists. They cheat. They make mistakes. They suppress truth and suggest falsity, especially when a cheque or a plane ticket is on offer. As for self-criticism, that is for you, not me.
I am just ready to believe that the antics of the climate change scientists, revealed in this week's Guardian and elsewhere, have no impact on the facts of global warming. But then I must rely on those same scientists to say so. The Yamal-12 larches may be dodgy, the hockey stick limp and the Amazon stats subject to re-evaluation. The date of 2035 for a Himalayan apocalypse may have been a misprint for 2350 and 40,000 comments didn't spot it. But so what, they all say? The world is coming to an end because we are scientists and, like Nostradamus, we know.
What any layman must find alarming is the paranoia and exclusivity of the climate change community.
What do Piltdown Men, Haekel's Embryos, Peppered Moths and Hobbits matter to the faithful? Posted by Orrin Judd at February 5, 2010 7:01 AM