Friday, November 27, 2009

Miles' Law Still Valid

The Internet is alive with stories of the hacked emails showing that climate "scientists" have acted, and urged others to act, to suppress certain information. Information, that is, casting doubt on AGW, anthropogenic global warming, aka global warming caused by human activity.

I'm having a hard time getting excited about this further evidence of disappointing human nature. We noted in Sunday's blog entry a marvelous quote from Upton Sinclair, "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it."

Sinclair has been dead for 41 years, so this insight isn't exactly new. Pretty clearly current or future research grants of those "scientists" depend upon AGW being real, thus they are willing to cook the books to make it look real. Sad, but not surprising.

It reminds me of Miles' Law:
Where you stand depends on where you sit.
That is, you are likely to hold views that are compatible with your self-interest. See the citation here, from a 1978 Public Administration Review article.