Hal Lewis’s resignation went viral. As I write this, a Google search of the terms Hal Lewis resignation yields nearly 1.3 million hits. That was at last count. The scandal continues to expand.
Hal Lewis resigned from the APS (American Physical Society), protesting its participation in perpetuating the greatest fraud in 60 years regarding global warming.
Letters, communications, revelations, and news of other APS resignations are flying around the worldwide web. Hal’s resignation from the prestigious society has captured the attention and the imagination–not to mention the fury–of people around the world.
The corruption of science
Professor Lewis could not just stand by and watch the suppression of honest research and scientific inquiry. The prestigious society, of which he is now a former member, acted in such a way as to preserve the flow of incoming funds, supported by the political outcomes desired by government funders. Is this the scientific method? Is this how scientific discovery happens? Is this how we learn the secrets of the universe?
The debate. What debate?
The APS by its silence, if not shady tactics, sought to promulgate the posture of Michael E. Mann among others, who unequivocally charged that human activity seriously alters our climate, that global warming is occurring, and that evidence is incontrovertible. Oh really? Then why do so many distinguished scientists around the same globe beg to differ? The debate is not over. Not even close.
Besides, why is Michael Mann so sensitive to criticism of his various attempts to withhold data and computer methods, and to trick audiences with data manipulation?
Answers accrue when you follow the money. Funding for climate research often requires alignment with political objectives. “Here’s the money, honey. Now go get the results we’re looking for.” Researchers who support the global warming gig may get funded, but their research must not raise doubts about it.
So, you want to get published, eh?
Colleges, universities, and play-ball research institutions do it all the time. Research reports that don’t concur are hard to get published. The whining ClimateGate protagonists showed that in their conspiratorial emails. How about plots to replace editors of journals who published work that disagreed with them? I’m not making this up. It’s there in black and white.
Unscrupulous science is paid to produce a product. This is called confirmation bias when scientists don’t even realize they’re doing it. When they know, it’s simply dishonesty.
We’re done here
So, Hal Lewis couldn’t stand the dishonesty he saw going on in the so-called global warming consensus. The discussion was over, according to the APS. “The evidence is incontrovertible,” it said, denying the basic tenet of science that no theory is ever incontrovertible.
And that’s why it was over for Hal Lewis in the APS. When unprincipled behavior in the principled world of science inquiry follows the money too closely for too long, science becomes just another special interest, of which Hal Lewis would have no part.
Yes, Hal Lewis resignation yields 1.3 million hits on the Internet. As many people must be wondering, “who IS that guy?” Remember the name of the scientist with integrity to spare in this sea of dishonest institutions, corrupted government entities, and devious political intent.
Confirmation bias: http://atheism.about.com/od/logicalflawsinreasoning/a/confirmation.htm
Michael E. Mann, The Washington Post, 10/8/10 edition.
A.W. Montford, The Hockey Stick Illusion, Climategate and the Corruption of Science, Stacey International, London, (2010).