18 January 2007

mad scientist

in more ways than one, Heidi Cullen (of Weather Channel "fame" ) may be called a mad scientist. she has called for American Meteorological Society decertification of any global warming skeptics. if science is about one thing, it certainly is not inquiry or rational debate. while her lack of skepticism may be well-founded, her alarmist tactics should concern anyone who cares about open and honest public debate.

perhaps it's a symptom of our collective tendency to give all sides of an argument equal weight. some people are just wrong.

update: thought i'd link to Cullen's response to the link i provided, especially given her direct statement as follows:
The point of my post was never to stifle discussion. It was to raise it to a level that doesn't confuse science and politics. Freedom of scientific expression is essential.
who can argue against that?

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