Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Scientists against free speech

Cosmologist Sean Carroll writes:
Everyone who has been paying attention knows that there is a strong anti-science movement in this country — driven partly by populist anti-intellectualism, but increasingly by corporate interests that just don’t like what science has to say.
As Motl explains, it is silly to complain about $10,000 when billions are spent to promote anthropogenic global warming (AGW). Likewise, 99+% of the evolution money promotes evolutionism, and yet there are complaints about the five or so scientists who promote a contrary view. Carroll also complains about Citizens United having free speech rights to put out a political film, even tho most of the money favors incumbents.

It is amazing to see scientists against the dissemination of minority viewpoints, but they are not immune to human weaknesses. Nobody likes criticism. Scientific processes need critics, so that the ideas are always being tested. Whenever you hear of someone trying to squelch dissent, you can be sure that he is clinging to some untenable ideas.

Peter H. Gleick received a MacArthur “genius” grant in 2003. He stole and leaked some documents, and says:
My judgment was blinded by my frustration with the ongoing efforts — often anonymous, well-funded, and coordinated — to attack climate science and scientists and prevent this debate, and by the lack of transparency of the organizations involved. Nevertheless I deeply regret my own actions in this case. I offer my personal apologies to all those affected
How could there be well-funded effort to prevent climate science debate? This is just a euphemism for Gleick wanting to silence AGW dissent.


Igor Alexander said...

That's rich, given you don't allow free speech on your own blog.

Roger said...

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