John Cook Proprietor of SKS, Repeat Coauthor of Dr. Stephan Lewandowsky Caught Red Handed Impersonating Lubos Motl for Purposes of a University of Australia Research Project
Posted by Jeff Id on July 23, 2015
UPDATE: Just to be clear to the crowd. Nobody believes this had to do with LOG 12,13 or papers of the moon landing genre. Not sure what the study had to do with. Also, these Lubos posts were not initially visible to the public but were made visible to an unknown number of others by John Cook and eventually released to the public by someone else. Not that I care either way, I just don’t want to be accused of saying something I didn’t say. I was rather grumpy when I wrote the post and I suppose I still am, that is why it is called the Air Vent after all.
After being libeled in a journal by Lewandowsky and Cook in 2013: “Recursive fury: Conspiracist ideation in the blogosphere in response to research on conspiracist ideation” where Cook and Lew made claims which they knew from personal emials between us were false, I’ve learned today that none other than John Cook was apparently impersonating Lubos Motl for purposes of a UWA Experiment. An excerpt from his emails at this site is below but the link to the bitwise record of the mess is here.
Tom Curtis would you please stop posting as Lubos Motl. There is reason to doubt his sanity, so I don’t like seeing his name. Further, it is his name, and therefore one you are not entitled to use.
Sorry about the Lubos thing
Was posting someLubos comments for theUWA experiment and forgot to log back in as John Cook.For the record, if just one or two of you SkSers jumped over to the Technical Forum and posted some comments to the 4 Experiment Conditions, I’d get my 10 comments and wouldn’t have to log in as Lubos anymore. Only one or two more comments required to get the quota. Just some incentive for you 🙂
EDIT: one of the conditions now has 10 comments, so only 3 more threads (with 2 of them only requiring one more comment). So Lubos very close to being put to bed 🙂
UWA being the University of Western Australia.
Now they have libeled me multiple times, libeled numerous other climate blog writers less obviously, violated basic ethics rules of psychology as a matter of habit, yet are very heavily government funded. From Lewandowsky and Cook’s last paper:
A more extended variant of this hypothesis cited S.L.’s research funding available on his webpage (A$4.4 million
in grants) and drew attention to A$762,000 specifically for climate research. Moreover, the commenter argued
that this funding did not include A$6 million that the Australian Commonwealth Government provided S.L. and
colleagues to run ‘The Conversation’ [DC 122]. ‘The Conversation’ refers to an online newspaper (https://theconversation.
com/au/who-we-are) that is primarily written by academics and is funded by a consortium of major
Australian universities and other scientific organizations. (S.L. has no editorial role in this initiative but has written
numerous articles for TheConversation.)
And even better, for those of you who consider CNN to be a news source, CNN considers John Cook of enough credibility to publish this very article today:
Ostensibly to inform the audience of Cook’s idea of climate change denial.
So we now know with certainty that John Cook of Skeptical Science is a paid professional liar. He should be deeply ashamed of himself. This kind of activity is beneath the foundations of what liberalism is supposed to be, and matches every bit of what I see liberalism is. CNN allowed him to publish an article on their news organization yet this same man is willing to lie for personal gain. Untrustworthy, pathetic, small men. I am a known skeptic, one disparaged by his CNN article, libeled by Cook and Lewandowsky, and I wouldn’t even consider for a moment acting in this manner to prove any cause.
He’s wrong on the science too.
I’m thoroughly disgusted with you Mr. Cook. You have permanently spent your honor for a SKS blog with no credibility.