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This is pretty good stuff of Megan McArdle, re Peter Gleick‘s own-goal sabotage of climate change advocates by disseminating/allegedly creating a fake Heartland memo on its global warming strategies (not to mention his confessed identity theft):
When skeptics complain that global warming activists are apparently willing to go to any lengths–including lying–to advance their worldview, I’d say one of the movement’s top priorities should be not proving them right.
…but it must be said: Gleick really doesn’t deserve much benefit of the doubt at this point with regard to his probable authorship of the original, blatantly fake, Heartland memo. There is a credible case to be made at this point that Gleick stole the original documents, then created the memo himself; and, given that he’s a self-confessed liar, it’s going to take more than I’m not lying about this for Gleick to get out of it.
By the way, I know that a lot of reasonable people are wondering why it is that a scientist – which is to say, somebody whose worldview is theoretically utterly dependent on Truth as an absolute ideal – would lie. For this, let us go to our old Cold War acronym friend: MICE. Which stands for, of course, Money, Ideology, Conscience[**], and Ego*; it purported to describe why people commit treason, but I think that it works for other motivations as well. In order:
Or, to put it more simply: scientists are human beings, with human motivations. Some of those motivations can lead them down paths of stupidity, or even malice.
Moe Lane (crosspost)
*I understand that they’ve added Sex to that since then, but let’s just pass that to one side for right now.
[**It’s actually Coercion, in the original MICE(S) formulation; but this still works as an acronym.]