More on the Muir Climategate Report
In a post titled, ” ‘Climategate’ report clears Professor Jones of dishonesty but that is not the key issue,” Janet Daley writes in the Telegraph:
What has been lost – possibly forever – goes way beyond any questions raised about the individual character or motivations of particular scientists. What the crass wording of the leaked emails exposed to the world at large was the darker side of academic science. Most people regard scientific enquiry as the purest expression of the spirit of the Enlightenment: the pursuit of objective truth in an atmosphere of free and open debate unfettered by dogma or intellectual prejudice. This mythical ideal in which the purity of science is pitted in a historical struggle against the forces of superstition and autocracy (taking Galileo and his battle with the Church as its timeless model) is rather out of touch with the modern reality. And now it is plain for all to see: science, for all its splendid contributions to modern life, is as subject to human antipathy, rivalry and downright nastiness as anything else. It survives through a competitive race for grant-funding, academic favour and professional advancement which is as susceptible to corrupt ambition, group-think and peer pressure as any other human endeavour. The general public is unlikely to forget this disillusioning little tale in a hurry.