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Science and Public Policy: The Virtuous Corruption of Virtual Environmental Science
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That is a shame, because it should be. Kellow starts by praising Jim
Flynn, his professor, and discoverer of the Flynn effect in IQ testing.
Flynn thought Arthur Jensen was wrong, but discovered all the attacks on
Flynn were personal or about how the results could be used for racist
reasons, rather than rebuttals of the data, methods, or arguments.
So, Flynn went off to analyze Jensen's methods and attack the flaws he
found. Kellow follows the same path. He seems sympathetic to most of the
environmentalist goals, but finds much of their science to be decidedly
The target here is not environmentalists, but rather virtual science and
unscientific attacks on scientists and critics. By virtual science he
means modeling and politics or popular opinion. Models can be useful.
They can help us decide what experiments to perform and what data to
collect. But, the map is not the terrain, and the model is not the system.
Kellow claims that much of the bad science arises because of virtuous
corruption. The classic example of virtuous corruption is police framing
someone because they "know" he did it. If the cause is right, anything
to advance the cause is right.
Thousands of species are going extinct claim some, based on models.
The number of species is a function of the area available for them,
according to the model, so any development means disaster.
Actual surveys are rare and cover only very small areas.Read more ›
Let's go Bezos, the market awaits.
I am one of the sources cited in Kellow's book, where he refers to my website [...]. If he had read that properly, he would not have talked of a small circle of critics. I describe in detail how the criticism of Lomborg came about, how the complaint concerning dishonesty came about, and who knew whom. No conspiracy or narrow circle there. The number of scientists being very critical of Lomborg is huge, as is evident for instance from the quotes about Lomborg's books gathered on the web site referred to. The critics come from many countries, not least the large number of critics from Denmark.
It is strange that Kellow can write that his critics have not landed a substantive blow on Lomborg. I list on my website more than 500 concrete errors in Lomborg's books, many of which are demonstrably deliberate - is that not a substantive blow? Kellow has not understood the central issue: What Lomborg writes is simply not true. He lies. This, of course, must lead to massive criticism. The remarkable thing is not that his books have been criticised so heavily - but rather that they have not been criticised more heavily than they have. It is a disaster for science and for public debate not that Lomborg's book was slated, but that so many people have accepted a text that is full of serious misinformation and outright lies, which is richly documented on the web site.
So on this particular subject, Kellow does not understand the case he is writing about.