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Tree-ring data freed at last
Written by Kristin McMurray   
Sunday, 25 April 2010 14:15
belfastCan you imagine if Sir Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, or Thomas Edison had kept their scientific discoveries to themselves?  Or if upon presenting them to the world they'd defended their theories by simply asking the public to trust they did the theories correctly?

Yet, this is what the Queen's University Belfast expected from the public.  A recent, landmark ruling by the UK Information Commissioner's Office is forcing the University to hand over 40 years of tree ring data to skeptic Doug Keenan.

Professor Mike Baillie, described the ruling as “a staggering injustice … We are the ones who trudged miles over bogs and fields carrying chain saws. We prepared the samples and – using quite a lot of expertise and judgment – we measured the ring patterns. Each ring pattern therefore has strong claims to be our copyright. Now, for the price of a stamp, Keenan feels he is entitled to be given all this data.”

What did the professor expect?  We are seeing another shining example of resistance to peer-review.  Science needs to be proven under the scrutiny of your critics, not your friends.  It is mind-boggling to me that climate scientists do not want more input on their research. 

Perhaps the University does not want to not disclose the tree ring data because they've published the theories without the data to support them. 

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Argus said:

It is not the first time some scientist sees himself as a victim of the piggy public when being normally checked or asked critical questions. Aren’t they becoming too snobbish?
Isaac Asimov depicted in one of his stories what dangers may arise from the psychological failures that the society dominated by narrow field specialists in sciences is bound to produce. It was written more than 50 years – the story “Sucker Bait“ (I read it some 30 years ago in Russian). Check here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sucker_Bait Doesn’t it sound too familiar: “The scientists, on the other hand, as specialists, tend to be contemptuous of a professional generalist like Annuncio. When Annuncio asks Rodriguez to explain how he came to a conclusion, the microbiologist regards the request as an affront to his professional reputation, and refuses to answer. The other scientists manage to offend Annuncio in various ways.“
„Like other stories by Asimov such as "The Dead Past" and "Profession", the theme of "Sucker Bait" is the peril of scientific overspecialization.“
But copyright… no, it’s just the same old greed, I suppose.
April 25, 2010
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Argus said:

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April 27, 2010
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Britney Thomas said:

You're Definitely Not a Really Obvious Hypocrit
Can you imagine if a large section of the public adamantly refused to believe in the theories of Albert Einstein, even after they were widely accepted in the scientific community? Can you imagine if there had been a scientist that discovered that the earth was actually a sphere, and not flat as was widely believed, and there were people who refused to believe it? Imagine, even, that the Catholic Church itself condemned the scientist as a "heathen" for promoting such a radical view? Oh wait....we don't have to imagine, because that actually happened! When Galileo proposed the theory that the earth was flat, he was met with resistance, particularly by the Church, who also condemned his theory of heliocentrism (the theory that the earth revolves around the sun, and not vice versa). Guess what? Galileo was right! I guess it just wasn't a convenient theory at the time for people that wanted to believe that the earth was the center of the universe, just like people today don't want to believe in Global Warming/Climate Change, because then they would have to actually take responsibility and do something about it. Galileo is not the only scientist in history to meet resistance from a public that would prefer ignorance to accepting a truth that they don't like, and clearly he isn't the last. Imagine those people that didn't believe in Einstein's E=MC2 ....I guess after the A-bomb dropped, they had to believe it.The vast majority of credible scientists today state that global warming is a fact. I wonder how many catastrophes you'll witness before you start to believe it.
April 30, 2010
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