THE OPPOSITE OF SCIENCE:
“Take my word for it.”
It’s been a long time, but I still remember being taught about the Scientific Method: you observe a phenomenon, you posit a hypothesis and prove or disprove it by conducting experiments that other scientists can duplicate, thus confirming your conclusion.
Warwick Hughes, an Australian scientist …politely wrote Phil Jones in early 2005, asking for the original data. Jones’ response to a fellow scientist attempting to replicate his work was, “We have 25 years or so invested in the work. Why should I make the data available to you, when your aim is to try and find something wrong with it?”
Now since then, FOIA requests for the data have been filed, and an increasing number of scientists have been curious to see precisely what exactly the evidence is of the much-heralded 0.6 degree Centigrade rise in temperature this century we’ve heard so very much about.
The new answer?
We lost all the old data so we can’t provide it to you.
“The dog ate my Global homework…but she’ll vouch for me! Lassie, come here, girl; if the Hockey Stick is accurate, bark once!”
“See–that proves it!”
The reason “why” you should “make the data available” is because BY DEFINITION, THAT’S WHAT SCIENCE IS!
Even making it available to skeptics. Especially to skeptics. If they get the same results, BAM!–you win.
Here’s the good news, though; because you say it’s rock-solid science…you should be able to duplicate the result again!
And not to rub it in, but if had shared your research, you would still have a copy today. Or you can always sift through Lassie’s stools. We’ll take your word for what it says. Again.