Mark Lynas: cute really

This really is rather cute:

It is important to understand the significance of this. Scientists are not politicians. They are not used to communicating publicly. They trust in their objectivity, the objectivity of their peers, and the rigour of only citing work published in learned journals. They will have private views, but are very used to keeping these out of their work – indeed the entire scientific method is based on conducting research which can be replicated by peers in order to check its accuracy and objectivity.

This is the specific complaint here. That the research materials have not been made available. That raw data has not been released so that people can check accuracy and objectivity.

As a defence, insisting that those being castigated should have done what they\’re being castigated for not having done really isn\’t all that impressive.

One comment on “Mark Lynas: cute really

  1. “They trust in their objectivity, the objectivity of their peers, and the rigour of only citing work published in learned journals.”

    And there is a specific complaint that the correspondence reveals attempts to subvert precisely this process of publishing in learned journals, in both directions.

    i.e. both to ensure that supportive, but dodgy, papers get published and referenced and to restrict or deny publication to sound, but contrarian, papers.

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