Wednesday, July 14, 2010

So Penn State University brass decided to take their credibility

and use it for toilet paper- for someone who recently ate at a Thai buffet- and flush it down the toilet.
The Penn State inquiry exonerating Michael Mann -- the paleoclimatologist who came up with "the hockey stick" -- would be difficult to parody. Three of four allegations are dismissed out of hand at the outset: the inquiry announces that, for "lack of credible evidence", it will not even investigate them. (At this, MIT's Richard Lindzen tells the committee, "It's thoroughly amazing. I mean these issues are explicitly stated in the emails. I'm wondering what's going on?" The report continues: "The Investigatory Committee did not respond to Dr Lindzen's statement. Instead, [his] attention was directed to the fourth allegation.") Moving on, the report then says, in effect, that Mann is a distinguished scholar, a successful raiser of research funding, a man admired by his peers -- so any allegation of academic impropriety must be false.

You think I exaggerate?

This level of success in proposing research, and obtaining funding to conduct it, clearly places Dr. Mann among the most respected scientists in his field. Such success would not have been possible had he not met or exceeded the highest standards of his profession for proposing research...

Had Dr. Mann's conduct of his research been outside the range of accepted practices, it would have been impossible for him to receive so many awards and recognitions, which typically involve intense scrutiny from scientists who may or may not agree with his scientific conclusions...

Clearly, Dr. Mann's reporting of his research has been successful and judged to be outstanding by his peers. This would have been impossible had his activities in reporting his work been outside of accepted practices in his field.

In short, the case for the prosecution is never heard. Mann is asked if the allegations (well, one of them) are true, and says no. His record is swooned over. Verdict: case dismissed, with apologies that Mann has been put to such trouble.

The take from Ace:
Recall that one of the biggest knocks on climate "science" is that it never makes a prediction that can be verified (actually, it does, but they're always wrong), but that "proof" of its veracity comes from the fact that everyone's models agree with everyone else's.

So, in other words, we know the theory is true because people who believe in the theory agree with other people who believe in the theory that the theory is true.

Look, the models they make, based on the same assumptions they agree on, all say about the same thing! Q.E.D. That's Latin for "How my ass taste, bitch?"

Right? So that's a big problem right there. There is no proof of this except that the people pushing it all agree with each other.

Now, if you can believe it (and I still can't; this is stunning) this is precisely the reason they claim that Michael Mann cannot possibly be guilty of scientific malfeasance.

Honestly, if you haven't read this, get ready to catch your falling jaw
The Climaquiddick mess was bad enough; to have a university like Penn State throw away any pretense of actual investigation to protect Mann...


Keith said...

Time for anyone who owns stocks & shares to find out how many Penn State and UEA grads their chosen companies have, and start shorting stock on that basis.

Carteach0 said...

Their reasons for giving him a pass were clearly stated, mostly.

Penn State is first, foremost, and always a money making machine. As a student of theirs through extortion, I have no problem at all saying that.

Mann's fund raising is healthy, so the admin gets better quality swivel chairs out of the deal. Balance that against the loss of funding if they take an honest look at his work. No contest.

State College is an insular place, and with the lock Penn State has on the state legislature, they need fear no bad press or public opinion.

Titan Mk6B said...

His biggest asset seems to be his ability to obtain grants.

I guess that makes him the biggest whore in his field.

dick said...

That might just kill off quite few admissions to their school.
If I lived up there and they did that shit, I'd transfer my son to another college.

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