Thursday, February 23, 2012

deliberate dishonesty is not scientific

Peter Gleick, a well-known climate scientist and activist, has been caught engaging in a deception that duped the Heartland Institute into revealing how it supported climate skeptics.  While many well-meaning scientists are very frustrated about unscrupulous conduct by climate change deniers, I feel that it's essential to maintain a high moral standard and indeed, a transparent scientific standard.  Scientists who engage in dishonesty only play into skeptics that assert that the scientific process is filled with dishonesty and fraud.  I know that the scientific process is self-correcting and that dishonesty and fraud are not tolerated.  

Discussion topics
Why and how is the scientific process 'self-correcting'?
Contrast this with an advocacy-based approach adopted by climate-change deniers?

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