Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Judith Curry: Still standing up for the scientific method and against science as power politics

Interesting. Dr Curry is a well respected and published climate scientist and no global warming sceptic, and yet has been the subject of the most viscious attacks on the Real Climate and Climate Progress blogs.

Not that there is anything unusual in either blog attacking someone in such a nasty and personal way, especially by tightly controlling which comments are allowed to see the light of day.

    KK: The majority of comments at both Real Climate and Climate Progress were quite disparaging of you, which in my mind, speaks more to their readerships, since I have no way of knowing how the respective blog hosts chose to moderate the comments. After experiencing this latest blogospheric hazing, you have to wonder, what’s the point? Are any of your colleagues advising you to move on to a more constructive venue, and if so, what would that be?

    JC: Well, first I have to comment on the moderation of RC and CP on this. They chose comments that consisted of personal attacks, while rejecting many comments that were supportive of my viewpoints or asked challenging questions. The reason that I know what comments were rejected because many of these people subsequently posted on climateaudit or emailed me. In one instance, a comment was rejected by CP from someone who had previously made a guest post at RC. So this reflects not only on their readership, but reflects specific choices made by the moderators at RC and CP, that I personally interpret as an attempt to discredit me.

    But to turn this vitriol onto someone of Curry's standing is extraordinary. Especially as Curry is an expert who Climate Progress's Joe Romm was once happy to quote.

    The reason is fairly obvious, as Dr Curry points out in this interview, that is, it is because these people are really practicing politics for which science is a tool, (or more to the point, a weapon), not science itself.

    You can read the full article here:

    Via Greenie Watch:

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