How We Know They Know They Are Lying

December 10, 2009 at 8:15 am | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
with the expectations of the sponsors.

Like the royal favourites of mediaeval times, they soar in the air on a zephyr of preferment, only to get too close to the sun and plunge to earth.

Which brings us to:

Secrecy

In the security of powerful patronage some of the new brigade began to think that they were above not only the procedures of science, but of all other academic disciplines as well. In the case of the notorious Hockey Stick, for example, they claimed that knowledge from history, art, literature, archaeology etc. was all wrong and that their computer manipulation of such tenuous data as tree rings established that the Little Ice Age and the Mediaeval Warm Period never happened. The most powerful patrons of all, the UN, seized on the results and made them the main feature of one of their apocalyptic IPCC reports on the coming climate disaster. One of the first tests of any scientific work is to pose the question “Can the results be reproduced?”

clipped from www.numberwatch.co.uk
Patronage
There is a long and respectable history of patronage in
science as well as art, literature, lexicography etc. The patrons (other than
the church) used their own money. The modern patrons, however, are bureaucrats
who use the money of others; to whit, taxpayers. Their science is not the
science of recent tradition, but a whole new ball game.
There are major differences between real science and
bureaucratic science (BS). Real science involves living with the prospect of
failure. In BS, failure is not allowed. The whole project is mapped out
beforehand in forms such as Gantt charts. There are deliverables that have to be
delivered on the due date. With the exception of really big physics, real
science is carried out by small groups. It is the same with BS, except that
there are about five managers for every researcher. Above all the expected
result must be delivered on time. Those who desire further patronage never
report a negative result or, indeed, a result at variance

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