Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Looking For True Skeptical Analysis of Climate Change

In his blog post, Skeptical Inquirer Abandons Reason, Embraces Global Warming, Doug Hoffman summarized my position regarding CSICOP, which I had supported for many years.
I have been an associate member of CSICOP/CSI for many years and have always felt that its activities were important for the well-being of our society. Recently, however, I have noticed a disturbing trend in the contents of the Skeptical Inquirer magazine that has caused me to reevaluate my support for CSI. There seems to be a concerted effort to label people who do not accept the current climate change dogma—put forth by the IPCC and others as “settled science”—as irrational ideologues.
It seems that when the publishing organization of SI changed its name from the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP) to the Committee for Scientific Investigation more was lost than a number of words—it seems a good deal of integrity was sacrificed as well. I do not intend to renew my membership with this organization and I urge others to critically review their affiliation with CSI.
I have been appalled by the misrepresentation of scientists who do not conform to the so-called "consensus" opinion in articles in Skeptical Inquirer. They demean the meaning of scientific inquiry and can only be referred to as pseudo-skepticism. They undermine the principles upon which many of us once believed for CSICOP.  Since that time I have looked for some organization to conduct an objective examination of both sides of the Climate Change debate.

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