A guest comment by Mathias Hampel
There has been a lot of talk about proper scientific conduct on klimazwiebel. From the literature we can discern 3 historical models of 'good' scientific conduct. I would be interested to hear the klimazwiebelists' suggestions for a fourth which may be called 'ethical model':
1. The 'Gentleman Model', in a nutshell, science is done by men who are said not to gain anything from claiming untruth, they are neither in for money nor for power. Shortcomings: also gentleman have interests and ideologies. + they were quite exclusive.
2. The 'Mertonian Model': science is practised by Joe Public with all his goods and ills, an a-personal scientific Method be institutionalised and accord to universal norms: e.g., disinterestedness, communism, organised skepticism. Shortcomings: though such norms may be desirable they do not reflect the reality of scientific conduct since science is always done by people whose practices shall be institutionalised. (e.g., what about Jane Public!?)
3. The 'Vigilance Model' shall address shortcomings of the Mertonian Model. Science' credibility is acknowledged to be bound to good practices, e.g., sharing data to forestall negative social relations. Shortcomings: an enforced transparent scientific society can be repressive. Operation successful, patient dead!
4. The 'Ethical model': Since there is a move towards ethics in financing, banking and so forth I was wondering whether a move towards ethical science can be observed?