Tired

So a couple days ago my attention was drawn to this:

http://climatescience.oxfordre.com/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780190228620.001.0001/acrefore-9780190228620-e-328

I'm trying to work out a detailed response pointing out the errors/inaccuracies/misrepresentations in it, but it's so tiring. I don't understand how people can get away with making claims they know to be false over and over. People say science is self-correcting, but just how long is that supposed to take?

Lest there be any doubt people like Stephan Lewandowsky know what they say is false, here is an image taken from a recent presentation he gave:

If Lewandowsky had showed a similar chart for his headline conclusions, that skeptics are conspiracy theorists, he'd be laughed out of the room as people would see he had no data to support his conclusions. He didn't though. He showed a chart like this for results which would look good. He didn't show a chart like that for results which would look bad. It's impossible to believe he plotted these results like this but failed to even try plotting his headline results in the same manner.

In other words, Lewandowsky knows fully well what people have said about how he got his results is true. And he's actively deceiving people to hide it.

One comment

  1. . I don't understand how people can get away with making claims they know to be false over and over.

    Two part answer.

    1) "people" aren't scrupulous in their thinking or behavior. It's very easy to ignore/dismiss contradictions if you're motivated to do so, particularly if you can associate the challenge with something/someone disagreeable or unworthy. Thus "knowing" something is false isn't as clearcut as it seems to be.

    2) They get away with it because they have friends who let them and who similarly benefit from the deception.

    It's not more complicated than that.

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