Monday, October 19, 2009

Not Evil Just Wrong Postscript: The Hockey Stick

Here's a fascinating new blog posting about how one can create a "hockey stick" curve out of any random data.

Al Gore's hockey stick fantasy is touched upon in Not Evil Just Wrong. It was actually challenged and discredited by Canadians, Stephen McIntyre and Ross McKitrick, both from Ontario.

James Hansen is a NASA scientist who vociferously & frequently spoke of the hockey stick data supporting the notion of Global Warming. As shown in the film, when he was presented with the facts that the hockey stick data was faulty, he could not get himself to commend these Canadians for adding truth to the debate.

A quick look at Hansen's Wikipedia entry reveals something interesting:

In 2006, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) selected James Hansen to receive their Award for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility "for his courageous and steadfast advocacy in support of scientists' responsibilities to communicate their scientific opinions and findings openly and honestly on matters of public importance."

How's that for irony?

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