Jeg fant en artikkel kalt "An open letter to Donna Laframboise", som
kommer med ganske kraftig kritikk av boken hennes. Den er skrevet av en Ph.D.-student som avslører Laframboises ekstremt dårlige innsikt i vitenskapelige prosesser.
Her er noen sitater (mine uthevelser):
"The problem appears to arise from your complete lack of knowledge of how the academic system works. I can’t blame you, since you never experienced it yourself, having stopped
after your undergraduate degree to pursue a higher calling. A calling that includes labeling people who DO pursue a higher degree as incompetent and unqualified."
"Grad students often are the lead author on scientific publications, because they carried out the work. I know you feel that this shouldn’t be the case. How can they do science without a
Ph.D?! Well, it turns out that’s how you get a Ph.D. By doing research that leads to publications."
"The IPCC recommendations, on the other hand, are based on evidence, research, and the scientific method, all of which can be refuted if research is performed that comes to a different
conclusion. It’s not a bible, but rather the conclusions drawn from an enormous base of scientific results."
"The fact is, if you are working toward your Ph.D. under the supervision of an established researcher, you *are* qualified to write scientific articles, including reviews, and
to be on advisory panels. Getting your Ph.D. is not a magical transition from being a useless grunt to having all the tools necessary to do science. It’s a long road. You have to
perform world-class science, be published in peer-reviewed journals, and present your work at national and international meetings, among other things. By the time a grad student receives their Ph.D.
he or she should most certainly be “on the radar”. Their names should be known to top scientists in the field. They should be an expert in that field long before they get a magic piece of
paper that gives them the right to say “Doctor” before their name. The expertise doesn’t come after."
"But while grad students do author many papers, and are often the corresponding authors on those papers, they are always co-authored by their mentor, an established researcher in the
field, one who goes by Doctor. This author is often called the “senior author,” not “lead author.”"
"Yes, we scientists may be sloppily dressed, having no reason to wear a three-piece suit to do our jobs, but judging the validity of the IPCC based on the fact that it recognizes the
contributions and expertise of young scientists is irresponsible, offensive, and uninformed."
"I hope that my letter has helped you realize that one of your points, the youth of some scientists, is not a valid one to use to bash the work of a respected community of scientists within
Dette, kjære leser, er altså nivået på "kritikken" mot IPCC. Dette er altså "kritikernes" sterkeste kort.