Posted: March 28, 2013 by tallbloke in solar system dynamics


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People who believe there’s an urgent problem behave accordingly. Climatologist Michael Mann plays games.

“Watch what people do, don’t listen to what they say, just watch what they do.”

So quoth environmental activist David Suzuki in a 1990 interview.  It’s sensible advice. After all, anyone can say anything – but much of what gets uttered every single day is, in fact, untrue.

Con artists paint rosy pictures in a deliberate attempt to deceive. Those suffering from noble cause corruption believe that their own lies don’t count. People who have access to only part of the information (which is most of us, most of the time) can reach faulty conclusions.

As the late physicist Richard Feynman observed in a speech about scientific integrity, “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool.” We all have blind spots. Which…

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  1. Kon Dealer says:

    Mann is a liar- he knows that AGW is a scam, but a scam that has bought him fame and (to some extent) fortune.
    If he is as sure of the science as he says, he would relish a debate with a similarly qualified and published “sceptic”.
    The fact that he doesn’t and automatically reaches for the “ad hominem” that he doesn’t respect Roy Spencer, says all we need to know.
    Mann is a crook, who deserves jail time for fraud.

  2. A C Osborn says:

    Any Scientist, NGO or Politician who flies all around the world attending seminars, meeting, giving lectures etc and drives large Limos does not really believe in Global Warming. If they really believed they would be setting the rest of us an example not just talking about what we should all do.
    Just look at Obama’s and Biden’s travel expenses, both in terms of dollars and Fuel, no way do they believe.

  3. w.w.wygart says:

    Apologies in advance, I’m going to recycle a comment I left at CA earlier on the subject of Cook and Lewandowsky, all I’m going to do is change the names to protect the innocent – me.

    Michael Mann reminds me of my twelve year old nephew, a kind of hypo-pathological liar, goes for the lie first even when parents know he is lying then sticks to the lie again and again. He almost always avoids the full consequences of lying to parents, probably why he still does it. He also seems to enjoy feeling of power of getting away with it.

    The parents seem to have a deep inhibition about challenging the tyke to the level of fight he is willing to give. It really weird to watch because the kid is willing to take relatively trivial issues to a personally [meaning personal ego] existential level before quitting. The parents seem to be unwilling to go to the point where they crush his ego to wring the truth out of him, and he seems perfectly willing to take the issue there. Weird.

    Looking out the kitchen window I see him [the nephew] pour a half gallon of torch fuel on the backyard fire pit. Woof. Big fire. Mom comes around the corner sees the fire, sees the empty fuel jug. Nephew hauled into the house by one ear by my plus-sized Norwegian sister-in-law [can be scary]. I stand by the sink and just watch the whole situation go down, I was the eyewitness and could have pulled the plug on the situation at any moment but I really wanted to see what was going to happen. I watch as boy ‘doubles down’ on the lie three or four times. Finally mom has to utilize the ‘thermonuclear option’, “If you don’t tell me the truth right now I will never trust you again”. Tears. Sniveling. Confession. To bed.

    Seems exactly the case here, except who is going to tell Mann, “Fess up NOW or you never publish again.” Who?