Saturday, November 5, 2011

Gold Star For Information Responsibility: A Case of a Scientist Using Data To Prove Himself Wrong

Here an excerpt from the full story reported by the Associated Press.  This is an example of a principle of information responsibility I blogged about earlier this year: If you value truth, prove yourself wrong.  Of course, if the folks at the Cultural Cognition Project are to be believed (and it unfortunately seems that they are), Richard Muller’s data-supported apostasy will have little effect on the debate.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A prominent physicist and skeptic of global warming spent two years trying to find out if mainstream climate scientists were wrong. In the end, he determined they were right: Temperatures really are rising rapidly.

The study of the world's surface temperatures by Richard Muller was partially bankrolled by a foundation connected to global warming deniers. He pursued long-held skeptic theories in analyzing the data. He was spurred to action because of "Climategate," a British scandal involving hacked emails of scientists.

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