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Rex Douglas has an excellent post about being curious rather than contrarian regarding coronavirus. The same advice applies to climate science
https://rexdouglass.github.io/TIGR/Douglass_2020_How_To_Be_C...

Science is about being curious about the true state of the world, and through application of evidence and methods, forming new more true beliefs than we held the day before. Contrarianism is not a search for truth, it’s a search for political influence in a market that rewards diversity of opinion for diversity’s sake. Performative controversy, fake horse races, hypotheses that don’t follow from theory, no examination of model fit or out of sample performance, and so on, are immediate red flags the author doesn’t actually care what the right answer is.

As a consumer of analysis, the second I can tell the author doesn’t actually care about the answer to the underlying question, they’re dead to me.

As a producer of analysis, the struggle is how to think about and do science alongside actors who generate controversy out of self-interest using a lot of the same language as science. The only real solution is to learn how to tell good work from bad work no matter the wrapping.


Read the whole thing. Lot's of great stuff there.
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