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Fundamental and Essential: Honesty

Ask yourself: whose counsel would you prefer, that of an honest man who was often proved wrong, or that of a dishonest man who virtually everyone thinks is right and a sage?

Back a week or so ago, Warren Meyer, in his new and excellent Climate Skeptic blog, alerted readers to what was not yet known to be a hoax, but which he nonetheless labeled as such — in spite of the fact that the "study" came in on the side of anthropogenic global warming skeptics. Warren clearly saw that it was a hoax intended to expose skeptics as dishonest.

I have therefore come to the conclusion that this hoax is likely the work of global warming catastrophists.  My guess is that they wanted to make a point that skeptics were no such thing — that skeptics would bite like a hungry bass at such a lure as long as it supported their position.  And certain folks in political circles did so, at least for a few hours.   My presumption is that if we had all trumpeted this fake study, then our judgment on other issues would get called into question.  My sense is that catastrophists have convinced themselves with their own propaganda that skeptics are all motivated by political and financial agendas.  But most skeptics are really interested in the science, and are motivated by the real fear that we are at the cusp of embarking on some really poor, near tragic, policy decisions.

OK, so here’s the punchline. Took about four days for the truth to come out. Warren quotes ICECAP:

An anonymous Brit has now admitted in a brief interview that he wrote the fake global warming research paper which is claimed to have fooled some of us “global warming skeptics”. His stated purpose was to “expose the credulity and scientific illiteracy of many of the people who call themselves climate skeptics”.

I would argue that he has done just the opposite. Several of us (scientists and non-scientists alike) were able, within a matter of seconds to minutes, to identify the paper as a fake. We then spread the word, warning others of the hoax. Therefore, we showed that we do not, as the hoaxer claims, “believe almost anything if it lends support to their position”. We did exactly the opposite.

So, who would you sooner trust? Here’s Warren, again; from his original post:

Now, if you really want to have fun, create a similar hoax the other way, supporting catastrophic man-made global warming.  You will probably make the NBC Nightly News.  It would be fun to try something really nutty and see if people buy it, like saying the oceans will rise 20 feet in the next century… oops, its already been done.  Al Gore made that claim, among other truly absurd statements, in his movie An Inconvenient Truth, for which he not only made the NBC Nightly News but he also won an Oscar and a Nobel Prize.

Yep. There’s no need to have any doubt about it, as it’s already been demonstrated in Technicolor.

On a final note, though I haven’t yet watched it (but will!), Warren has put together a climate skeptic video, What is Normal?  A Critique of Catastrophic Man-Made Global Warming Theory. This will make a good multimedia companion to his book.

With a little luck, the Honesty Revolution will march on. This blog is in large part devoted to documenting it, and in that sense, I’m trying to present an outlook as positive and hopeful as possible. There’s plenty of documentation about what’s all fucked up (which is necessary and I applaud). My focus is no longer so much on what and how everything is fucked up, or even why. My focus is on the dishonesty underlying maintaining and advancing it, and even more, the Honesty Revolution that must necessarily take place before any of it gets rectified.

Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More

1 Comment

  1. Kyle Bennett on November 18, 2007 at 12:58

    I was listening to Rush when he started talking about it. I googled the title, saw that the site it was on looked less than reputable, went back to Google, and saw various hoax posts. Meanwhile, Rush was still touting it – it took me less time for me to determine it a hoax than it did for him to make his statement on the matter. Quite a lack of diligence there, Rush. Not only due diligence, but really, any diligence at all. He announced his mistake after the commercial break.

    Last I heard he was still spouting the volcano line as well.

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