The vital importance of verification and replication

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This is how “No-one would listen” by Harry Markopolos, begins:

On the morning of December 11, 2008, a New York real estate developer on a JetBlue flight from New York to Los Angeles was watching CNBC on the small seat-back television. A crawl across the bottom of the screen reported that Bernard Madoff, a legendary Wall Street figure and the former chairman of the NASDAQ had been arrested for running the largest Ponzi scheme in history. The developer sat silently for several seconds, absorbing the news. No, the couldn’t be right, he thought, but the message streamed across the screen again. Turning to his wife, he said that he knew she wasn’t going to believe what he was about to tell her, but apparently Bernie Madoff was a crook and the millions of dollars that they had invested with him were lost. He was right – she didn’t believe him. Instead she waved off the thought. “That’s not possible,” she said, and returned to the magazine she was reading.

The stunned developer stood up and walked to the rear of the plane, where the flight attendants had gathered in the galley. “Excuse me,” he said politely, “but I’m going to be leaving now. So would you please open the door for me? And don’t worry – I won’t need a parachute.”

Now will someone explain to me why I cannot check the statements made by climate scientists and climate modellers?

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3 Responses to The vital importance of verification and replication

  1. John A says:

    Comments should now work.

  2. Gary says:

    My broad brush theory: Most climate scientists and modelers are university faculty. This profession selects for argumentative and competitive people who always suspect the motives of “others,” which usually means administration but easily conflates to any who are not faculty like them. You are not faculty so de facto you are an opponent. Add to that a dose of feelings of superiority and like a student you have no standing to demand anything. Of course, I know some wonderful faculty members — exceptions proving the rule — who treat everyone well and are most gracious. So blame natural selection.

  3. John A says:

    My father was an academic, so I know the milieu. Whoever defined the word “collegial” clearly had never worked in a college.

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