Goklany: On Dentists, Cardiologists, Climatologists and Evidence-Based Remedies

Indur Goklany responds to Kevin Trenberth et al’s response to the 16-scientist WSJ op-ed.

Goklany writes,

Over at the Wall Street Journal a group of pedigreed individuals headed by Dr. Kevin Trenberth argue:

“Do you consult your dentist about your heart condition? In science, as in any area, reputations are based on knowledge and expertise in a field and on published, peer-reviewed work. If you need surgery, you want a highly experienced expert in the field who has done a large number of the proposed operations.”

Wrong answer!!

If you need surgery you DON’T want “a highly experienced expert in the field who has done a large number of the proposed operations.” What you want is “a highly experienced expert in the field who has CONVINCING EVIDENCE THAT HIS OR HER OPERATIONS HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL!”

And if before I go to a dentist, I would like evidence that the dentist does not pull the wrong teeth (even on occasion)…

Read Goklany’s entire response at WUWT.