Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Climategate: A conspiracy in the making

Came across an interesting article mentioning a "painstakingly detailed review" of the leaked Climategate e-mails. I had to check it out. If this was even half as interesting as was being touted, it was going to be must read material.

The analysis was done by John P Costella B.E.(Elec.)(Hons.) B.Sc.(Hons.) Ph.D.(Physics) Grad.Dip.Ed.
"documenting, step by step, how science was perverted to advance misguided ideology, cynical politics and personal and professional interests".
A quick search brought me right to the report here
It appears to start in order from earliest to latest e-mail leaked.
It looks like all the information you need is here.

Excerpt:

"Climategate has shattered that myth. It gives us a peephole into the work of the scientists investigating possibly the most important issue ever to face mankind. Instead of seeing large collaborations of meticulous, careful, critical scientists, we instead see a small team of incompetent cowboys, abusing almost every aspect of the framework of science to build a fortress around their “old boys’ club”, to prevent real scientists from seeing the shambles of their “research”.

Mr Costella seems to have done everything possible to make it as accessible to everyone.
Bookmark and start reading!

13 comments:

  1. Glaciergate

    A relatively tame Hitler parody video

    "As chief operating officer for the cabal of Billionaires who control the global warming scam, Hitler quickly realizes the long range implications of "Glaciergate"."

    Glaciergate: Hitler's Last Straw

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1b-6U5MwyDM

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  2. thanks Mr Xyz, I shall check it out

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  3. Thanks for the kind comments, Penny.

    I tried to make it as accessible as possible, but if you want to read the original emails in full, they're linked right there next to each excerpt as well.

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  4. I think that part of the problem is that our present education system doesn't focus on science literacy. It is full of 'repeat the facts', don't think for yourself.. etc.

    Everyone agrees that the climate is changing, afterall that is what climate does - it is NOT a steady state system and never will be. What's happened here and of course been encouraged for political reasons is that the blame for this 'change' has been squarely placed on human shoulders via CO2.

    This is NOT science it's spin and politics.

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  5. Hello John!

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Yes, I did notice that as I read through your work. And did read some of the e-mails.

    It will take me a while to get through all of that info, but, I have it bookmarked.

    I can just imagine the amount of time it took you to organize all of that information!

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  6. Hey Maggie:

    "It is full of 'repeat the facts', don't think for yourself.. etc."

    true, except it's a problem that goes beyond just science.

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  7. I think Climate Gate occured as a result of people not knowing enough about human psychology and our modern thought processes. People always think of humans as being reasonable and we are not. For most of the human race the idea of reason is entirely new.

    I think we get too much science in our schools. Humanities need to receive the respect they are due. Also the methods of though that we apply, in particular the scientific method, deductive reasoning, inductive reasoning, etc need to be studied. Bertrand Russell is excellent for this.

    Psychology - particularly the psychology related to trauma should be standard. Margaret Stout PhD (Harvard)writes some great books on this, I just ordered her book on 9/11 - "global warming" too is based on fear.

    If we knew this stuff as a culture, then things like Climate Gate become impossible. If kids could learn about their own minds and how they can be tricked we would be much better off.

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  8. Indeed, and I wouldn't be surprised if this lack of real education didn't account for some of the drop-out rate.

    Most kids I know in HS are bored to tears and see the hypocrisy.

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  9. I think Climate Gate occured as a result of people not knowing enough about human psychology and our modern thought processes. *People always think of humans as being reasonable and we are not*

    And the fact that we are not very reasonable can be and has been used against us time and time again.
    Look at all the fear that is constantly thrown at us. To foment are most unreasonable and irrational side, it is not a mistake. It is not unintentional.

    I think people have to work at being reasonable, be conscious of being reasonable, and they don't.

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  10. Yes, I agree with all of this. In fact, my wife is looking to do a Psychology degree next year, and we've already bought some related books.

    A colleague, about 8 years younger than me, also shared his view. When he started 'college' in Sydney, there were summer schools for science students where the visiting professors literally told them that they would be the scientists that would save the planet. (This was in the early 1990s.) That's a huge thing to lay on 18-year-olds. He believes that that sort of programme (which I am sure happened around the world) affected a generation of scientists so much that they believed in that (in itself, an admirable and worthy goal) more than the scientific process itself (not a good thing).

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  11. Hey John!
    Meant to get back to you..sadly I always get caught up in other current events.

    I did post the link to your paper elsewhere, so hopefully your getting some more readers?

    If these students are told they must save the planet.
    Then they will do what ever it takes, right or wrong.
    Yes, that is a heavy burden to bear.
    Quite honestly, not trying to be on a downer here, but, if an asteroid hit the planet or some other catastrophic incident, there would be very litte any of us could do to save the planet.

    But these unrealistic preconditions, are unrealistic.

    With regards to the fear we are constantly fed, spoon fed, intravenously whatever.
    Fear is a very strong motivator.
    It must push the button of survival in a big way...
    To where one would believe their very life is on the line.
    This is a horrendous manipulation.
    And this is where man made global warming comes into play.

    Good luck to your wife!

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  12. Hello Dr. Costello

    I am currently travelling in the South Pacific, and access to a reliable computer connection can be a problem. Somebody recently forwarded your admirable critique of the Climategate emails and, by chance, this happened also to co-incide with an invitation I received from a UK national daily to participate in an email debate designed to arrive at a "co-operative definitive assessment" of said materials. The newspaper concerned was The Guardian, long a bastion of extreme
    environmentalist propaganda.

    I have made a contribution but declined to engage in any longer term debate; arguments from warmistas are so oft repeated that any further airing would be unfruitful. I do, however, make reference to your work, for which reason you may like to see my reply. If so, my e-m address is rupertwyndham@googlemail.com. If you wish to send me yours, I'll forward The Guardian material.

    You've saved many of us with an open minded interest in the subject a huge amount of effort as well as providing helpful scientific insights to those amongst us who are not themselves practitioners. Many thanks, indeed.

    When I return to the UK in May, I propose to make use of your work in on-going skirmishes with The Royal Society and the BBC - if, that is, the whole sand castle has not already been washed away by that time. But then, of course, many politicians (most in the UK) have much to lose, and will continue to mount rearguard propaganda offensives for some time to come. Ditto many of the groves of academe - to their lasting shame!

    Best wishes and thanks again

    Rupert Wyndham

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  13. Thanks, Rupert, for the kind words. My email addresses are no secret: john.costella@gmail.com gets to me most quickly. I will also send an email to the address you supplied.

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