After you have convinced people that you fervently believe your cause to be more important than telling the truth, you’ve lost the power to convince them of anything else.
That’s Megan McArdle on the craziness of Peter Gleick stealing documents from the Heartland Institute. Until 3 or 4 days ago Gleick was the chair of the American Geophysical Union Task Force on Scientific Ethics.
One of the most salutary effects of the early 21st Century, whether in the realm of climate science or psychiatric pharmacology (the link goes to Professor Soltan’s category March of Science), is to dethrone scientists from the sort of oracular position they held from the self-styled Enlightenment forward. I still believe in Science (with a childlike faith — I accept the idea of a non-geocentric universe on faith, not first hand knowledge), but now we don’t have to believe in Scientists without evidence.