An Image of something like the Scientific Method, with policy Implications

There is more information than I am able to post here regarding the climate debacle since the document “hack” that took place last week or two ago.  It seems to be a growing fraud perpetrated on the populace, and the London Times has a nice timeline of what is becoming known as “climategate.”  The issue is not really whether one believes or does not believe in global warming, the issue is the reliability of scientific evidence itself, for we were told that the debate was solid and incontestable. It also appears that one of the researchers has dumped/deleted some of the data, which means we may never know how badly they cooked their books.  But perhaps we don’t need the data since of the many emails released was an admission they were hiding the latest data showing global cooling. It seems there the scientists conspired to thwart FOIA requests.

The problem is that the evidence was hidden from the scientists and the data was never really exposed to others in the scientific community.  The reason for this may indeed have been because of politics.  But, the problem is politicians rely on science all the time to craft legislation.  The problem is that nothing they did resembles the scientific method.  That in itself is bad for science, and likely will contribute to the public’s skepticism of the value of science.  Remember, not only the results, but a scientist’s data should always be made public for others to confirm or reproduce the result.  If it cannot be reproduced, the hypothesis is likely faulty in some way.  We are finding out in this case that the data was never really made public.  The scientific community could never have made a distinction and closed debate because the results were known and the data was unknown.  And now we find the data was falsified.

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