Monday, May 17, 2010

I Could Hardly Believe That This Sort of Thing Passed For Science

Steve McIntyre, the very talented amateur (in the best sense - capable with the skills needed, but being paid for something else) summarizes his wonderfully profound effect on recent climate science, and certainly does nothing much for the reputation of some so-called 'scientists'.
You can see it on PJTV here (from about 1:54 to 2:30). (UPDATE: That link is broken - thanks All an! You canwatch the talk at Steve's own blog, along with his commentary.)
This is a great lecture; it fills in details I have long lacked, especially regarding the careers of many of the main players.
And by the way, I agree with Steve about the quote in the subject line, and I also agree that this particular debate has little to do with whether we should worry about carbon emissions.
I also love the clear disdain Steve has for much of the academic community's behavior, with his choice after a PhD to enter private industry, where the consequences of some of the described behaviors would be quite serious.
Personally, I find the shoddiness of the behavior of the academics Steve describes utterly astonishing.


At 9:34 PM, Blogger Allan said...

Is your link OK?

All I get is a 41 second introduction
and then it stops.

At 5:36 AM, Blogger Alan Adamson said...

Thanks, Allan. Updated the post with a different way to see the talk.


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