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Does the problem of ClimateGate bode ill for science as a discipline? This commentary from the Wall Street Journal thinks it might.
With science, the public accepts the reliability of the scientific method. We accept that results are checked and double-checked. We accept that there is repeated analysis and inspection on the problems and that if someone disagrees, there is a mature and reasonable discussion of the issues.
Obviously, the East Anglia CRU emails show that the discussion is not very open. It shows that some people are willing to go out of their way to discredit others. It also shows a general unwillingness to publicly display the technique used to arrive at a conclusion. This all goes against the scientific methodology.
As to if this will result in a general disdain for scientists that they are only puppets and tools of politicians – I don’t know. Frankly, I cannot think of a worse insult then to be called a politician!Tags: climate, ClimateGate, CRU, East Anglia, science, scientists, Wall Street Journal