20 May '12, 9pm

A Scientist's Perspective: On Blogging, Comments … and Online Civil Discourse

For those readers who follow climate-contrarian cast members, Monckton is well known. He admits he has no scientific background, and he has never published a peer-reviewed scientific paper on any subject. That alone, of course, does not disqualify him from participating in public discussions. But his post makes many outlandish claims about climate change that would cause great pause, even if they came from the mouth of an expert. Furthermore, when considering claims by those with a clear history of mistakes and factual errors, one should be very careful before granting the benefit of the doubt. In this case, many people have already addressed Monckton’s past mistakes here and here and in a series of videos here , here , here , and here . These are just a small sampling among many such examples. Perhaps these past errors and misinterpretations stem from a nearly complete mi...

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