Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Looking at some scientist's gobsmacked reaction towards measurements of glacial ice not melting Steven Green notes something.

If scientists are stunned by simple data collection, they’re doing it wrong. Their job is to dispassionately collect and analyze the data, not get all worked up because it didn’t fit their pet theory.

Confirmation bias is a nasty little bugger, and why a scientist has to be very careful to not get too attached to his or her theories. It's not about proving your theory was right; it's about finding a theory that matches the empirical data and can predict future empirical data.

But apparently all that goes out the window if you're saving the world...

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