Just for the record, I would like to point out that many people working in institutes have no choice but to use the static IP of the institute’s firewall. I doubt they are aware or even care. But this would mean that if I sampled 100 scientists at 10 institutes, likely in the recorded responses there would be only 10 IP addresses. Also, it is not difficult to manipulate time and date on a PC. So, please, for all of the conspiracy theory (of any persuasion) critics of the surveys of climate scientists, try to know a little of what you speak before you speak. Apparently Lewandowsky complained that there was “no way to check or verify the integrity of the data” and therefore the data was probably “useless”. Lewandowsky said that the study should not have been published “without the authors demonstrating the integrity of their data”. Steve McIntrye goes on to point out that the work of Lewandowsky is not without blemish.
Well, Mr. L. the results of the survey conducted in late 2012 will be released soon, so you and the crew at Deltoid (http://scienceblogs.com/deltoid/) can again amuse yourselves conjuring up this or that conspiracy story. Too late now but maybe I should have askedQuestion 1. Are you 1 a skeptic 2. an alarmist
Question 2. How many copies of this survey do you intend to submit?Next time.
I interact with climate scientists most days in one way or another. Most are conscientious people who have personal opinions about what they are working on (they are human) but do not conscientiously go out of their way to cheat to try and get a point across. No doubt in the grand scheme of climate science there are few in the upper echelons who might stretch a point or two when the opportunity arises for some publicity, but they likely constitute a very small minority (and more and more are being taken less and less seriously in the grand scheme of things external to the inner world of climate change). But I often have to wonder about the minds and integrity of all of the non-contributory constant critics. So, while you await the new results, perhaps you can dream up some more devious plots to test against the data, in the case that the results do not match your personal opinion. In the meantime, I will prepare a report of what was actually reported. Don't worry about the integrity of the data. This time the survey was embedded with a Send-Tracking-Agent-Signature-Integration protocol, a tried and true means of obtaining the 'truth'.