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Rational Dissent – It’s Your Right!

 

Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen, 26 August 1789

 

11. The free communication of thoughts and opinions is one of the most precious of the rights of man. Every citizen may therefore speak, write, and print freely, if he accepts his own responsibility for any abuse of this liberty in the cases set by the law.

 

People have every right to question, dissent or reject the climate catastrophe claims. That’s what freedom of speech is all about.  And the science community agrees.

 

According to the National Academies Press publication “On Being a Scientist:

 

Responsible Conduct in Research”  (1995) (hereinafter NAS Code of Conduct) we are told that:

 

“Science has progressed through a uniquely productive marriage of human creativity and hard-nosed skepticism, of openness to new scientific contributions and persistent questioning of those contributions and the existing scientific consensus.”

 

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the largest such scientific body in the world representing 24 disciplines. Its slogan is “Advancing Science, Serving Society” and offers a code of conduct document entitled “Scientific Freedom and Responsibility” by John T. Edsall (1975) which states:

 

“One of the basic responsibilities of scientists is to maintain the quality and integrity of the work of the scientific community. Ideally, it is an open community—all findings should be publicly and generally available, and open to criticism, improvement, and, if necessary, rejection.”

 

NAS Code further states:

 

“Science results in knowledge that is often presented as being fixed and universal.”

 

and goes on to explain that:

 

“Scientific results are inherently provisional. Scientists can never prove conclusively that they have described some aspect of the natural or physical world with complete accuracy. In that sense all scientific results must be treated as susceptible to error.”

 

We discuss these concepts in a report entitled “Infiltration”: http://www.friendsofscience.org/assets/documents/Infiltration2015.pdf

 

And this series of 3 short video clips: https://youtu.be/T02y6-NRFPs

 

In the United States, some scientists have been harassed, and many elected government officials have been branded as “deniers” for simply questioning the ideology of global warming.  Freedom of thought and speech is crucial to scientific inquiry.  https://youtu.be/I0TxfZZN59k

 

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