17 May '11, 4pm

Anti-climate change study is copied off someone else’s crummy paper

Note to climate change deniers: If you're going to lean heavily on a particular paper, make sure it's not copied out of Wikipedia. The journal Computational Statistics and Data Analysis has retracted a 2008 report by statistician Edward Wegman, which claimed the climate change consensus is an artifact of overly-intimate collaboration between scientists -- essentially, peer pressure. Denialists love this, needless to say; it's a federally funded report published in a peer-reviewed journal that doesn't just oppose the scientific consensus about climate change, but criticizes the whole idea of scientific consensus. Only problem: It's plagiarized . Oh, and it sucked to begin with. CSDA 's editor retracted the study after plagiarism experts found that it reproduced chunks from Wikipedia and textbooks. That alone doesn't mean its conclusions were flawed, just its composition. Bu...

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