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Harvey et al. paper becomes the poster child of the reproducibility crisis in science

You can now own an awesome mouse pad featuring Josh’s ‘stupidest paper ever’ cartoon, as a reminder of the depths to which some people will descend to silence the voices of rational scientific debate just as the authors of the 2018 Harvey et al. BioScience paper qualifies it for the honour of poster child of the reproducibility crisis in science.

Poster Child of the reproducibilty crisis in science

By insisting — repeatedly and as recently as this month — that the information they released as supplementary data (find it here) was all that was used to construct the two figures in the paper (see Rajan and Tol 2018), the authors tacitly admit:

1) the data used to construct the figures were not derived from the methods they said they used

2) the work is not replicable

In other words, it is not science. That surely qualifies the Harvey et al. (2018) paper for the honour of poster child of the reproducibility crisis in science, discussed here and here (Baker 2016; Nosek et al. 2015). It’s an example the public will readily grasp, since the data said to have been used are easily accessible (and understood) by anyone who uses the Internet.

Below is the letter outlining the data release issue sent more than a week ago (18 May 2018) by Dr. Richard Tol, University of Sussex, to the president of the university highest academic authority in the Netherlands, where Jeff Harvey, lead author of the Harvey et al. 2018 BioScience paper, is employed as an academic [h/t R. Tol for the correction]. While Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen [KNAW] in Amsterdam has a clearly stated data sharing policy, it is clearly not being upheld for the Harvey et al. paper — which nullifies the point of having a policy at all.

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Josh’s ‘stupidest paper ever’ cartoon on a mousepad and polar bear science tote bags

You can now own a mouse pad featuring Josh’s ‘stupidest paper ever’ cartoon or treat yourself to a versatile tote bag for your summer activities with a positive, non-confrontational message about polar bears. Or give them as gifts. Proceeds from these useful items will help support my work here at Polar Bear Science.

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Josh’s cartoon on a mouse pad

Josh’s cartoon commemorates the Harvey et al. 2018 paper published in the journal BioScience (“Internet blogs, polar bears, and climate-change denial by proxy”), described by climate scientist Judith Curry as “absolutely the stupidest paper ever published.”

See my April 2018 blog summary of the issue here, in pdf format here.

Presented as a work of peer-reviewed science by the editor’s of the journal BioScience, this paper attempts to destroy my professional scientific credibility on polar bears (Rajan and Tol 2018) due to my criticisms of Steve Amstrup’s 2007 polar bear survival predictive model and Ian Stirling’s continued insistence that polar bears are unable to survive an Arctic with less summer sea ice than they had in the 1980s.

With Josh’s permission, the mouse pad is available to order at my PolarBearScience2 store at Zazzle via the links below for $15.00. Makes a great gift!

Or in black, if you prefer:

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Polar Bear Science Tote Bags

For shopping, the beach, or carrying books, I also offer two sizes of canvas bags with a positive, non-confrontational message about the status of polar bears. Decorated with the same fabulous image of a polar bear that graces the cover of my novel (“EATEN”), the text simply reads, “Outstanding Survivors of Climate Change.”

1) Polar Bear Survivor Large Canvas Tote [“Outstanding Survivors of Climate Change”], $27.90:

Relative size of large tote:

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Close-up:

Polar bear survivor large tote image closeup

2) Polar Bear Survivor Small Canvas Bag [“Outstanding Survivors of Climate Change”], $13.65:

Relative size of small canvas bag:

Polar bear survivor small tote image 1

References

Harvey, J.A., van den Berg, D., Ellers, J., Kampen, R., Crowther, T.W., Roessingh, P., Verheggen, B., Nuijten, R. J. M., Post, E., Lewandowsky, S., Stirling, I., Balgopal, M., Amstrup, S.C., and Mann, M.E. 2017. Internet blogs, polar bears, and climate-change denial by proxy. Bioscience 68: 281-287. DOI: 10.1093/biosci/bix133 Open Access, available here. Supplementary data file available here and the data for the principal component analysis is available here and (h/t to R. Tol), the R code is available here Corrigendum here (issued 28 March 2018). Scheduled for the April print issue.

Rajan, A. and Tol, R.S. 2018. Lipstick on a bear: a comment on internet blogs, polar bears, and climate change denial by proxy. Open Science Framework osf.io/7j3z2. January 2018, DOI10.13140/RG.2.2.18048.12804. Available here.