Thursday, December 18, 2003

Science Wars Latest

Remember Bjorn Lomborg, famous proven scientific fraudster ? Turns out his critics will have to find a new stick to beat him with. Iain Murray reports that the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation has thrown out the charges put forward by the Danish Committees on Scientific Dishonesty relating to Lomborg's book 'The Skeptical Environmentalist' .

Looking at the Ministry report, the question isn't so much why they were thrown out, as why anyone thought they'd get away with such a blatant smear job in the first place. Try this for an example of the committee's thought process:

The DCSD has not substantiated its ruling. Dr Lomborg has not been told exactly where he has, allegedly, made mistakes. This is a case of "significant neglect in case processing by the DCSD".

Yes, indeed, they claimed they'd found errors, but wouldn't say where. Convincing, much ?

Still, the war isn't halfway won. The Instaman points out that six editors at 'Climate Research' have been given the old heave ho' for allowing papers showing the wrong truth to be published. The paper in question cast doubt on the greenhouse effect, so firing was positively lenient. No doubt they'd have been burnt at the stake, but the ecofreaks were worried about releasing CO2.

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