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Extremely interesting post by Nate Silver at It begins:

George Mason University economist Robin Hanson makes two interesting points in response to the controversy over the hacked e-mails at the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit, which triggered a self-congratulatory reaction among global warming skeptics.

Robin’s first point is that the apparent bad behavior among the academic scientists is really nothing more and nothing less than you might expect if you’d unearthed ten years’ worth of e-mails from virtually any academic department at virtually any academic institution in the world. I’m not an academic myself, but I work with them, socialize with them, interview them — and I grew up as a university brat. The notion that academics are immune from institutional or external political considerations, that they’re devoid of their own viewpoints and biases, or that they are otherwise some Platonic manifestation of the ideals of the scientific method is hopelessly naive. But that’s an indictment of the scientists and not of the science — and I’d virtually guarantee that if you’d hacked into the inbox of a global warming skeptic, or a Republican member of Congress, or the Exxon Corporation, you’d find them saying things that were equally uncouth.

But Dr. Hanson’s more important argument is this one: …

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Written by LeisureGuy

24 November 2009 at 9:44 am

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