Robert Manne chastises the Australian’s Plimer-worship

26 04 2009

Some points go to the Oz for printing a critical view from Robert Manne:

Cheerleading for zealotry not in the public interest

LAST week, The Weekend Australian published three pieces enthusiastically welcoming the publication of Ian Plimer’s new anti-climate science book, Heaven and Earth – Global Warming: The Missing Science: an overwhelmingly favourable editorial, a lengthy interview with the author and a column by Christopher Pearson of gushing praise. In these three pieces not one word of criticism of Plimer was to be found.

It might have been supposed that the editors of this newspaper would wonder about the capacity for fair-mindedness of a geologist who describes the entire climate science community as “the forces of darkness”; who recently told Adelaide’s The Advertiser that his book would singlehandedly “knock out” not one or several but “every argument we hear about climate change”; and who, in earlier work, had spent considerable energy trying to prove that Noah’s Ark was a myth, the intellectual equivalent of a zoologist seeking to dispose of the belief that the serpent in the Garden of Eden could really have spoken to Eve.

Yet apparently, despite such obvious signs of zealotry, the editors at this newspaper experienced no doubts

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5 responses

2 05 2009
Baroqueopera

Ian Plimer is clearly looking ahead …. to his retirement! He clearly needs more money and is willing to do some sort of Faustian deal to get some.

However, it is clear that he has become the “bitch” of Big Business and the loony Right.

The issues? What issues????!!!!
One obscure geologist in a university in Adelaide versus the entire global scientific community – well, let’s just say that prudence and reason can answer this question!

3 05 2009
Verdurous

I haven’t yet decided whether he is deluded or malicious. He does appears to believe what he says and has a longstanding reputation in academia that I would expect him not to throw away without good reason. What’s so fascinating for me is that he appears to venerate the scientific method and the need for objective facts and hypothesis testing, but throws this aside in his own popular work (assuming the extracts I have read are correct).

29 05 2009
Jenanne

You will not publish this! Plimer has won 2 Eurekas, the Clarke and the insandelty prestigious Leopod von Buch Plakette from the German Geological Society… would you know what that means? No, because you don’t know how to research and you’re a complete twit!

It definitely means he’s on the world stage….( read your ridiculous commnet below)

“The issues? What issues????!!!!
One obscure geologist in a university in Adelaide versus the entire global scientific community – well, let’s just say that prudence and reason can answer this question!”

The issues are covered in his book, if you could read……He’s written 60 papers and 6 books….

31 05 2009
Verdurous

Plimer may have won some prizes before in unrelated areas. This doesn’t make him right on climate change.

“… would you know what that means? No, because you don’t know how to research and you’re a complete twit!”

Umm, yes I know what that means. Insults (namecalling) are not welcome here. You do not know my level of education so be careful here. It may well be higher than yours.

“He’s written 60 papers and 6 books….”

Doctor Suess has written more books than Plimer. This doesn’t make him a better scientist. If Ian Plimer seriously thought he was correct, he would publish his new insights in scientific journals.
He has published no peer-reviewed articles relevant to climate science.

May I ask why you are so hostile?

29 05 2009
Jenanne

oh well…and it might be nice if you gave us a spell check… I was in the top academic stream, and didn’t do typing…..

read ” insanely prestigious”… oh, if you go to wiki it doesn’t link so that might cause you some probs:-)

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