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The Climate Wars’ Damage to (Credible) Science

The great thing about science is that it’s self-correcting. The good drives out the bad, because experiments get replicated and hypotheses tested — or so I used to think. Now, thanks largely to climate science, I see bad ideas can persist for decades, and surrounded by myrmidons of furious defenders they become intolerant dogmas.

Matt Ridley — Quadrant — June 19, 2015

For much of my life I have been a science writer. That means I eavesdrop on what’s going on in laboratories so I can tell interesting stories. It’s analogous to the way art critics write about art, but with a difference: we “science critics” rarely criticise. If we think a scientific paper is dumb, we just ignore it. There’s too much good stuff coming out of science to waste time knocking the bad stuff.

Sure, we occasionally take a swipe at pseudoscience—homeopathy, astrology, claims that genetically modified food causes cancer, and so on. But the great thing about science is that it’s self-correcting. The good drives out the bad, because experiments get replicated and hypotheses put to the test. So a really bad idea cannot survive long in science.

Or so I used to think. Now, thanks largely to climate science, I have changed my mind. It turns out bad ideas can persist in science for decades, and surrounded by myrmidons of furious defenders they can turn into intolerant dogmas.

This should have been obvious to me.  Continue reading here….

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2 Comments on “The Climate Wars’ Damage to (Credible) Science”

  1. Dougal Quixote June 20, 2015 at 10:06 am #

    Reblogged this on windfarmaction and commented:
    Unacceptable to the new religion of Climate Change, debate is as natural as the sun rising in the mrning

  2. andreasmarciniak June 22, 2015 at 5:25 am #

    Reblogged this on ajmarciniak.

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