On climategate: personal ethics

mardi 24 novembre 2009 ·

I have taken the time to read over some of the most often emails that were quoted from the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit to see for myself (yes I am being somewhat skeptical). I was shocked by the lack of academic ethics I saw, however I don't believe I can see a smoking gun.

  1. I don't really care about the insulting emails about other scientists, I have seen way worse during my time at Université de Montréal and in the United States. Teachers do that often, they criticize and insult those who think differently than them.
  2. Even if I see that there is clearly a lack of academic ethics (dubious tampering, intimidation, blackmail and intended destruction of evidence), I don't see intent or motives (I need proofs)
  3. Overall, I can see only a couple of scientists who have been very out of place and that should be reprimanded, it questions only the work of the concerned scientists, not the entire science. I mean, there are a lot of economists that sometimes twist the facts and act in ways that they get reprimanded for lack of rigor and integrity, but we don't end up questionning the entire science of economics just because of one disreputable person.

The only thing I can see is that the scientists at the UEA CRU are just lacking in ethics, I don't see how this questions climate science per se.

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Bryan Breguet est candidat au doctorat en sciences économiques à l’université de Colombie-Britannique. D’origine Suisse, il a passé les cinq dernières années au Québec au cours desquelles il s’est engagé en politique provinciale malgré le fait qu’il ne possédait pas encore la citoyenneté canadienne. Il détient un B.Sc en économie et politique ainsi qu’une maitrise en sciences économiques de l’université de Montréal. Récipiendaire de plusieurs prix d’excellences et bourses, il connaît bien les méthodes quantitatives et leurs applications à la politique.

Vincent Geloso holds a master’s degree in economic history from the London School of Economics, with a focus on business cycles, international development, labor markets in preindustrial Europe and the new institutional economics. His research work examined the economic history of the province of Quebec from 1920 to 1960. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the Université de Montréal. He has also studied in the United States at the Washington Centre for Academic Seminars and Internships. Mr. Geloso has been an intern for the Prime Minister’s cabinet in Ottawa and for the National Post. He has also been the recipient of a fellowship from the Institute for Humane Studies and an international mobility bursary from the Ministère des Relations internationales du Québec. Currently, he is an economist at the Montreal Economic Institute.

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