Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Pseudoscientists Have Captured Peer-Review Process

A Harvard University astrophysicist is repeating what everybody already knows: 2009 International Conference on Climate Change: Update #3. (Via Heliogenic Climate Change)

NEW YORK--Willie Soon, a Harvard University astrophysicist and geophysicist with scores of peer-reviewed papers and books to his credit, said he is "embarrassed and puzzled" by the shallow science in papers that undergird the proposition that the Earth faces a climate crisis caused by global warming.

Soon told the second International Conference on Climate Change here, "We have a system (of peer reviewing scientific literature) that is truly, truly appalling." ...

Sununu and Soon both said global warming alarmists, particularly the politicians and the few scientists who wrote the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports, have captured the scientific paper process, and in Sununu's words, have been successful in "taking control of who gets funding, who gets published, who gets acclaimed, and who gets demonized."

"What happened to the peer-review process?" Soon asked rhetorically as he reviewed egregious and complex examples of doctored data and sloppy scholarship in global warming alarmist literature.
Hmmm, sounds familiar.


Quantum_Flux said...

Scary. It does make me curious as to why there isn't more rigor involved in testing these claims, perhaps even on a small scale in domes before making claims about doom and gloom. I think a large part of it has to do with the general belief in gods and thereby the belief that scientists can't "play god" or control the weather. This, I believe, is a fallacy. I think that scientists and engineers can control every aspect of the local weather much in the same way that the temperature of your car has an AC unit (although I won't put a price tag on that).

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