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Thursday, April 14, 2005

Hockey Stick, 1998-2005, R.I.P.

Just come across this brilliant summary of all the problems with the "hockey stick".

The “hockey stick” was remarkable. And as such, it will be remembered as a remarkable lesson in how fanaticism can temporarily blind a large part of the scientific community and allow unproven results to become mainstream thought overnight. The embarrassment that it caused to many scientists working in the field of climatology will not be soon forgotten. Hopefully, new findings to come, as remarkable and enticing as they may first appear, will be greeted with a bit more caution and thorough investigation before they are widely accepted as representing the scientific consensus.


I wouldn't hold out too much hope.

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