Geoff Chambers on Lewandowsky at Bristol

Posted: April 29, 2013 by tchannon in Politics

lewpaper_crop1England has acquired another migrant from Australia to join the head of the Green Party.

Goeff Chambers has blogged… (opens new window)

A Tale of Two Steves
Posted on April 28, 2013 by geoffchambers

Stephan Lewandowsky, Professor of Cognitive Psychology, formerly of the University of Western Australia, now of Bristol University, England, recently published a paper establishing a causal link between climate denial and belief that the Apollo moon landing was a hoax. This link was based on four anonymous responses (out of a total of more than 1300) to a faulty on-line survey. There is good evidence that two of the four responses were faked.

This paper has received widespread uncritical publicity in the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, the New York Times, the New Yorker, Huffington Post, the Raw Story, the Daily Beast and Salon, and elsewhere.

I’m not sure how wise it is posting on what is a highly controversial matter.

Please try and keep the tone polite, is far more effective.

Post by Tim Channon

Comments
  1. mitigatedsceptic says:

    He has made his mark in history! – Poor man!

  2. EternalOptimist says:

    Nurse!! He’s out of bed again

  3. Kon Dealer says:

    “Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad”
    I believe this quote refers to the Royal Society.

  4. tallbloke says:

    Don: They’re certainly not taking much note of their own motto of late, so your quote should probably replace ‘Nullius in Verba’ over the door of their house.

  5. tallbloke says:

    EO: I don’t take Lew seriously, so my own comment on his buffoonery took the form of a short story:
    https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2012/09/12/lewd-lew-and-aggie-w-a-failed-romance/

    I can see a part 2 is going to be needed. 🙂

  6. Bloke down the pub says:

    Hmm. If I could only send one person back to their country of origin who would it be, Lewandowsky or Abu Hamza ? Tricky.

  7. hunter says:

    My hope is that there are very few institutions that Dr. Lewandowsky could join without significantly lowering the quality of that institution. My concern is that he is un-remarkable. My question is this: Is this a typical time to make such a large move, and has he made this move in a typical fashion?

  8. tallbloke says:

    Academics move around quite a lot. So not unusual. You have to wonder about the due diligence of the new institution and the Royal Soc though.

  9. michael hart says:

    I think the telling quote from JoNova on her blog is this:

    -“Perhaps his real “achievement” is to get ethical approval for work done by researchers who hold their subjects in contempt and don’t bother trying to hide that?”

    http://joannenova.com.au/2013/04/royal-society-calls-lewandowsky-outstanding-gives-him-money-loses-more-scientific-credibility/#comments

  10. oldbrew says:

    ‘This paper has received widespread uncritical publicity in the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, the New York Times, the New Yorker, Huffington Post, the Raw Story, the Daily Beast and Salon, and elsewhere’

    We don’t need a professor of ‘cognitive philosophy’ to tell us that the term used to describe such responses is confirmation bias.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confirmation_bias

  11. ntesdorf says:

    Please note, in regard to “repatriation”, that we do not want Lewandowsky back here in Australia, thank you.

  12. tallbloke says:

    ntesdorf: OK we’ll swap him for Abu Qatada.

  13. Aussie Guy says:

    Thankfully, he is now an English problem! A good example of reverse convict sentencing.

  14. Brian H says:

    Can anyone translate “Verbus in Nulla” for me? Sees more appropriate, somehow.