We’ve been pretty quiet about the global warming email imbroglio. That’s because we don’t yet know what these revelations mean — if anything. As always, we’re prepared to follow the evidence; but we’d like to make our own informed judgment, rather than leaping on the nearest bandwagon. Let the truth be known.
If it turns out that the global warming boys are a bunch of slime-balls, so be it. Let them be dealt with accordingly. If they’re all honorable scientists, that’s okay too. We’d prefer it, actually, because we have no wish to learn that scientists have been misbehaving. But our reaction won’t be based on ideology. Either way, we can handle it. If the globe really is warming, and if it’s our fault, we’ll accept the science; but we’ll continue opposing the political solutions now being proposed.
Speaking of ideology, we’ve known since this affair first erupted that every kook, every witch doctor, every Nostradamus buff, every purveyor of pyramid power, crop circles, UFO abductions, and — most assuredly — every creationist would be leaping with joy, claiming that the misconduct of the climatologists is “proof” that their own little niche of kookdom has also been suppressed by conspirators. But this scandal, if it turns out to disgrace the climatologists, won’t validate the ravings of all the maniacs in the world.
And that brings us to our topic for today. As we knew would happen, the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids) are jumping on the “vindicated kooks” bandwagon. We present to you, dear reader, some excerpts from At Least The ClimateGate Scientists Didn’t Admit Going to Church, which appears in the Discoveroid blog. The bold font was added by us:
The silence of the ‘pro-science’ blogsphere on the ClimateGate scandal is remarkable.
That’s how it starts. The apparently delusional Discoveroid writer is gloating that the science blogs are silent about ClimateGate because we’ve all been caught in a giant conspiracy — not only lying about global warming — but also, by implication, we’ve been lying about “Darwinism.” Let’s read on:
For years, readers of Pharyngula, Panda’s Thumb, Neurologica, WhyEvolutionIsTrue, Denialism, Respectful Insolence, and other militantly ‘pro-science’ blogs have been treated to rants about the need to protect the integrity of science from frauds and ideologically motivated practitioners.
The Discoveroid doesn’t mention your humble Curmudgeon in that group, and understandably so. We’ve always been out of step, politically, but we too have “ranted” about ideologically motivated fraud, because that’s what creationism is all about. We continue:
Of course, ‘protection of the integrity of science’ in the faux ‘pro-science’ blogsphere has generally meant suppression of skeptics who question so-called ‘consensus science’ on Darwinism and on Anthropogenic Global Warming. ‘Protection of science’ has more often that not entailed personal invective, recourse to ‘consensus’, advocacy of professional destruction of skeptics, deference to scientific authorities, censorship, and judicial coercion.
Observe how all the bitterness and resentment caused by a lifetime of professional ridicule comes pouring out of the Discoveroid’s pen.
“Suppression of skeptics”? “Consensus science”? Maybe that’s been a failing in global warming, we’re still not sure. It wouldn’t surprise us, because we’ve always suspected a political agenda there. If global warming turns out to have been an ideological and political snake pit, we won’t hesitate to agree that it’s a disgrace — but none of that will help the creationists.
Creationists have no suppressed data, no research worthy of publication, and no scientific theory. Creationists will not be liberated from the dungeon into which the “Darwinists” have allegedly cast them, because that dungeon is of the creationists’ own making — it’s the natural and entirely voluntary habitat of pseudo-science. The global warming skeptics may indeed have something of value to tell us; the creationists don’t and they never did. That’s the difference.
It’s amusing to see the creationists leaping to position themselves alongside the climate warming skeptics — as if the two groups had anything in common regarding the validity of their science. But nothing like the alleged misconduct in climatology has been happening in the biological sciences. In biology, the coercion has all been on the other side, first by attempting to outlaw the teaching evolution, then to force creationism into the classroom, and more recently to suppress research that creationists deem blasphemous.
We’ll skip over most of the Discoveriod article because it’s boring, and we’ll get right to the core of the Discoveroid’s kook-validation argument:
[W]hen the integrity of a major field of global science is destroyed — not threatened, but destroyed — by smoking-gun evidence of massive systematic scientific misconduct and fraud, the ‘pro-science’ blogsphere gets writer’s cramp. Dead silence.
That may be so. We don’t know because we don’t routinely survey the opinions of other science blogs. We’ll let them work it out. It doesn’t matter. Whether or not the climate warming boys are guilty of misconduct, creationism is bunk and it always has been. That includes the clumsily (and not very convincingly) secularized version of creationism known as intelligent design.
If the global warming skeptics turn out to have been right all along, then watch for the creationists to claim vindication for their unscientific mumbo-jumbo. But it won’t work for them any more than it will work for the Time Cube. Whatever happens with the global warming scandal, the earth does not have 4 simultaneous days in one Harmonic Time Cube, and creationism is pseudo-scientific nonsense.
[Update: Discovery Institute: The Mask Falls Away.]
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