The Vast Majority of Raw Data From Old Scientific Studies May Now Be Missing

From the people that know how to save and care for things of importance, comes this essay from The Smithsonian: One of the foundations of the scientific method is the reproducibility of results. In a lab anywhere around the world, a researcher should be able to study the same subject as another scientist and reproduce the…

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Why Climate Science is Fallible

Guest essay by Dr. David Deming We live in a scientific age. The sciences are viewed as the only real sources of authoritative information. Knowledge derived from other epistemological systems is regarded as having less credibility. The conclusions of philosophy are untestable, and religion is often cynically interpreted as nothing more than superstition and myth.…

A question for Oreskes – But what do we mean by consensus?

Guest essay by Christopher Monckton of Brenchley Politicians pay for science, but scientists should not be politicians. Consensus is a political concept. Unwisely deployed, it can be damagingly anti-scientific. A reply to Naomi Oreskes (Nature, 4 September 2013). Subject terms: Philosophy of science, consensus, climate change The celebrated mathematician, astronomer and philosopher of science Abu…

Quote of the week – solving the peer review integrity issue

A poll follows. Over at Bishop Hill, he’s listed some quotes from Geoffry Boulton on scientific integrity that I found interesting. He writes (with apologies for posting in full, I couldn’t see any way to excerpt this short article): ============================================================== Geoffrey Boulton is giving a speech to JISC, the goverment body which “inspires UK colleges…

The Daily Lew – Issue 4

LewWorld still has no comment of substance, and in the ‘Skeptical Science’ style, is furiously deleting inconvenient comments that ask questions like “What are you going to do now that the removal of the fake responses shows a conclusion reverse of that of your title”? Jo Nova finds that Lewandowsky has received $1.7 million AU…

Yamal that hurts! CRU gets touchy, responds to McIntyre and Montford without naming them

From the “he who must not be named” department, comes this sure to be future McI-fodder. UEA/CRU responds in a press release, authored by Tim Osborn, an excerpt: =========================================================== Tim Osborn comments on “Yamal, Polar Urals and Muir-Russell” Recent accusations (here, leading to embellishment across parts of the blogosphere, e.g. here) that the Climatic Research…

AGU President on Gleick’s “shocking fall from grace”: “His transgression cannot be condoned, regardless of his motives.”

AGU President’s message We must remain committed to scientific integrity 27 February 2012 During the third week of February our global community of Earth and space scientists witnessed the shocking fall from grace of an accomplished AGU member who betrayed the principles of scientific integrity. In doing so he compromised AGU’s credibility as a scientific…