The Climate of Dinosaur Science

I have not yet grown out of my “dinosaur phase,” though I must confess that this transition point seems overdue. I’m happy with the current status, at least. But my interest in dinosaur science, like my interest in climate science, goes back several decades. During those decades, I’ve largely made a living in the software/technology field in connection with Microsoft products. And I’ve written about problems in dinosaur research and assertions.

In this story, all of those arenas collide: A software guy from Microsoft digs into dinosaur research, and discovers that paleontology scientists can act exactly like climate scientists. Or like dinosaurs, perhaps.

All the symptoms are there:

  • The graphs and charts and equations are visibly wrong
  • The scientist no longer has the data
  • When challenged, he was not cooperative
  • He worked to stop the challenge to his work from being published, despite admitting that it was correct
  • He cited social reasons as part of his rationale: The challenge “stands to drive a wedge between labs that are currently cordial with one another.”

Sounds like catastrophist climate, in spades. Each of these elements is common when catastrophist scientists are challenged on their work, even when they privately admit to each other the merits of the challenges.

To their credit, some of the co-authors of the dinosaur growth paper were more helpful. It would be more difficult for them were government agencies and multi-million-dollar revenue streams relying upon the details remaining unexamined.

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle