Steven Koonin vs the cancel culture

When I posted on Steve Koonin’s book on Facebook, a message came up before the link opened to warn that this is not kosher material. More on this story.

This so-called fact check was used by Facebook to attempt to discredit the WSJ review and the book itself whenever a post linked to the book review.

The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board objected to this practice with a strongly worded editorial. They pointed out the so-called “fact check” was not checking anything, but simply arguing against Koonin’s analysis. Arguing with Koonin is fine, arguing is an important part of science, but don’t call it a fact check. The “fact check” blog post doesn’t contradict or challenge anything in Koonin’s book. 

Koonin’s more detailed point-by-point rebuttal of the fact check is here.

Short  interview with Koonin.

A friendly review of Koonin’s book with some background on his attempts to generate genuine climate science debate.

Some of you may remember that Professor Koonin led an interesting star-studded American Physical Society workshop on climate change in 2014. They discussed and debated the essential elements of the ongoing climate change debate. My summary of the workshop can be read here. Reading the transcript of this workshop was eye-opening for me, it is 573 pages long, but a great example of science well done. Unfortunately, the large holes in the popular man-made climate science narrative it identified were ignored. Koonin actively advocated for more such formal scientific debates on the science; with both sides represented, but sadly every proposal was shot down. As he describes in Chapter 11, “Fixing the Broken Science,” prominent Democratic Senators Markey, Schatz, Smith, Blumenthal, Shaheen, Booker, Stabenow, Klobuchar, Hassan, Markey, and Feinstein tried to literally outlaw federal funding of debate on climate science, their bill read in part:

“… to prohibit the use of funds to Federal agencies to establish a panel, task force, advisory committee, or other effort to challenge the scientific consensus on climate change, and for other purposes.” (Koonin, 2021, p. 202)

Are they really trying to legislate a research outcome? Science is debate. Without debate, true science does not exist. The various scientific academies are no better than the Senate. Koonin and his colleagues have urged them to remain true to their principles and inform, rather than persuade, but their pleas were ignored. This is where we are today. We applaud Professor Koonin’s stand on scientific integrity and encourage others to follow his lead.

UPDATE: A SHELF OF CLIMATE BOOKS REVIEWED BY JUDITH CURRY.

From a comment by Mark M read here.

THE COOLING IS COMING Whales trapped in ice.

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13 Responses to Steven Koonin vs the cancel culture

  1. nb says:

    I don’t go into dangerous neighbourhoods at night. And I don’t go to Facebook.

  2. GD says:

    I don’t go into dangerous neighbourhoods at night. And I don’t go to Facebook.

    I thought the two were the same thing.

  3. Herodotus says:

    Another sign of how far gone the USA is.

  4. Old School Conservative says:

    Andrew Doyle, creator of Titania McGrath, on cancel culture:
    “We shouldn’t give up on liberalism just yet, it’s far too premature for that,” he says. “You’ve got to ­remember — woke activists, there are hardly any of them, they’re just incredibly powerful.” (The Oz)

  5. Suburban Boy says:

    Simple solution: don’t go on Facebook, don’t have a Facebook page, and don’t comment on it.

  6. Herodotus says:

    Race, Gender, and Climate Change – the Left’s Holy Trinity.
    American Thinker

  7. Mark M says:

    Judith Curry has a review of said Koonin book:

    https://judithcurry.com/2021/05/10/climate-book-shelf-2/

  8. Sinclair Davidson says:

    More corrupt Fact Checks? No, I won’t hear it.

  9. Spurgeon Monkfish III says:

    Simple solution: don’t go on Facebook, don’t have a Facebook page, and don’t comment on it.

    I’d prefer it was simply shut down, along with twatter and the ALPBC.

  10. duncanm says:

    WSJ:

    The project has gone far beyond curbing viral hoaxes or dangerous misinformation and aims to limit scientific debate

    Sorry guys, if you don’t support the free speech you don’t like.. etc..

  11. Roger says:

    Are they really trying to legislate a research outcome?

    Er…yes.

  12. DoomLord:

    More corrupt Fact Checks? No, I won’t hear it.

    I’m not sure if it is linked, but after the fight between the Australian government and Facebook, my FB page hasn’t been ‘fact checked’ or warnings put up.
    Nothing controversial – I just repost stuff that doesn’t get wide circulation and before the altercation about 20% of my postings were getting flagged.

  13. Dot says:

    That Antarctic adventurer won’t go hungry.

    Yummy whales. 🐋🐳

    My favourite kind of fish to eat.

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