Posted by: New Class Traitor | December 7, 2009

ClimateGate/Copenhagen roundup Dec. 7

With the Copenhagen (anagram of Hopenchange) circus now on, ClimateGate discussion shows no signs of abating. Some picks:

What is happening at East Anglia is an epochal event. As the hard sciences—physics, biology, chemistry, electrical engineering—came to dominate intellectual life in the last century, some academics in the humanities devised the theory of postmodernism, which liberated them from their colleagues in the sciences. Postmodernism, a self-consciously “unprovable” theory, replaced formal structures with subjectivity. With the revelations of East Anglia, this slippery and variable intellectual world has crossed into the hard sciences.

This has harsh implications for the credibility of science generally. Hard science, alongside medicine, was one of the few things left accorded automatic stature and respect by most untrained lay persons. But the average person reading accounts of the East Anglia emails will conclude that hard science has become just another faction, as politicized and “messy” as, say, gender studies.

The East Anglians’ mistreatment of scientists who challenged global warming’s claims—plotting to shut them up and shut down their ability to publish—evokes the attempt to silence Galileo. The exchanges between Penn State’s Michael Mann and East Anglia CRU director Phil Jones sound like Father Firenzuola, the Commissary-General of the Inquisition.

For three centuries Galileo has symbolized dissent in science. In our time, most scientists outside this circle have kept silent as their climatologist fellows, helped by the cardinals of the press, mocked and ostracized scientists who questioned this grand theory of global doom.

[...]If the new ethos is that “close-enough” science is now sufficient to achieve political goals, serious scientists should be under no illusion that politicians will press-gang them into service for future agendas. Everyone working in science, no matter their politics, has an stake in cleaning up the mess revealed by the East Anglia emails. Science is on the credibility bubble. If it pops, centuries of what we understand to be the role of science go with it.

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  1. The warming trend seen in the data can almost all be attributed to the Urban Heat Island Effect. Go to YouTube and look up ” Global Warming Urban Heat Effect.” They know it and have been covering it up for years. Rural sites across the world so little or no warming. The video has a temperature comparison of 28 pairs of matched sites in the US with data going back 111 years.

    So Simple A Sixth Grader Can Understand It!

  2. Can we start a campaign to make Bruce Bawer the head of the EU? He seems at times to be the only sane person left on the entire continent.


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