Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise. Former National Post & Toronto Star columnist, past vice president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. New posts: Mondays & Wednesdays.
Scientists worthy of respect recognize that it’s possible for two highly-qualified, honourable people to look at the same data and come to different conclusions.
The scientists most worthy of our respect are those who admit that science can’t answer every question. Even more importantly, they acknowledge that it’s possible for two highly-qualified, honourable individuals to look at the same data and come to different conclusions.
We all want things to be cut-and-dried. We all feel emotionally certain those with whom we disagree are morons. But grown-ups know real life isn’t like that.
read Roy Spencer’s full blog post here.
“I went into science with the misguided belief that science provides answers. Too often, it doesn’t. Some physical problems are simply too difficult. Two scientists can examine the same data and come to exactly opposite conclusions about causation.” Roy Spencer, 2014 as the Mildest Year: Why You are Being Misled on Global Temperatures