Case for due diligence in public policy

I won’t recount all their stories: download the paper and decide for yourself. I think the evidence convincingly supports M&M’s conclusion that

“…[W]ithin an academic milieu, there can be strong peer pressure not to question politically popular results, even when they are prima facie doubtful.”

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p>Among the most celebrated cases of such herd-mentality was the broad acceptance of a misleading reconstruction of historical climate (Mann’s ‘hockey-stick’ graph), as revealed by co-author Ross McKitrick (an economist at university of Guelph) and Stephen McIntyre (a retired Toronto statistician and publisher of the Climate Audit website). That <a href=”http://bishophill.squarespace.com/blog/2008/8/11/caspar-and-the-jesus-paper.html” title=”- Bishop Hill blog – Caspar and the Jesus

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