It’s about academia

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Should the Climategate revelations change our views about global warming? Robin Hanson (an expert on idea futures) thinks not. Sure, the scandal has exposed the ugly side of academics caught distorting research for political ends, but as Hanson puts it:

« It is a shame that academia works this way, and an academia where this stuff didn’t happen would probably be more accurate. But even our flawed academic consensus is usually more accurate than its contrarians, and it is hard to find reliable cheap indicators saying when contrarians are more likely to be right. »