Sunday, 18 May 2014

The Bengtsson Affair

On waking up this morning I decided to read Bishop Hill for the first time this week - and it appears I've been missing some rather big news about something being referred to as "the Bengtsson affair". From the various posts both at BH and elsewhere I gather that what has happened is that a senior climate scientist, professor Lennart Bengtsson, has been pressured by his colleagues into resigning an advisory post he had recently taken up with the Global Warming Policy Foundation.

It was just last night that I was describing the conflict of interest which underpins much politically funded academic work. That academics tend to be overwhelmingly of the Left is not surprising due to the consonance between Leftist ideological premises and receipt of political funding. That the exclusion of alternative views from academia must be pursued so vociferously and with such rabid intolerance is surely a consequence of the scale of the political stakes, not to mention academic budgets.

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