"It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." Richard P. Feynman

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Mann Cleared of Improper Scientific Behavior but not Bad Science!

In a recent NSF investigation Michael Mann was cleared of improper scientific behavior but not bad science .
Reading all the gleeful comment from the Warmists in the press you would think the " hockey stick" had been verified whereas in reality it has been shredded by Steve McIntyre and others .
From the Closeout Report.
 To recommend a finding of research misconduct, the preponderance of the evidence must show that
with culpable intent the Subject committed an act that meets the definition of research misconduct (in
this case, data fabrication or data falsification).
The research in question was originally completed over 10 years ago. Although the Subject's data is
still available and still the focus of significant critical examination, no direct evidence has been
presented that indicates the Subject fabricated the raw data he used for his research or falsified his
results. Much of the current debate focuses on the viability of the statistical procedures he employed,
the statistics used to confirm the accuracy of the results, and the degree to which one specific set of
data impacts the statistical results. These concerns are all appropriate for scientific debate and to
assist the research community in directing future research efforts to improve understanding in this field
of research. Such scientific debate is ongoing but does not, in itself, constitute evidence of research
misconduct.
Lacking any direct evidence of research misconduct, as defined under the NSF Research Misconduct
Regulation, we are closing this investigation with no further action.

As to the validity of Mann's science Professor Richard Muller of Berkely says that in science you cannot do what Mann did.

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