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Seth Roberts on HTD

Seth Roberts has written a review of Hiding the Decline at his blog:

Hiding the Decline is as well-written as a book by a professional writer but this is a book no professional science writer could write due to its investment in an officially-wrong point of view. There are lots of badly-written books from tiny-minority points of view. The appearance of a well-written one, joining Montford’s earlier The Hockey Stick Illusion, is no small deal. How much free speech do we have? It depends on the medium. Maybe the sequence from less to more censored is: 1. Conversation. 2. Email and other private writing. 3. Blog post. 4. Poorly-written book. 5. Article in minor magazine. 6. Well-written book. 7. Article in prestigious magazine. 8. Textbook. From one step to the next (e.g., from conversation to email), views become less diverse. This book is disagreement with the official line high up the tree.

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" ...This book is disagreement with the official line high up the tree." ! How very unscientific of you Your Grace.

Jan 23, 2013 at 10:16 AM | Unregistered CommenterEddieO

I recently read Hiding the decline and, along with the Hockey stick illusion, it makes a major contribution to efforts to get the truth about climate change more widely known. Unfortunately, the better informed I become, the more I seethe with righteous indignation. My only suggestion, should the book be reprinted, is that it gets proof-read again. The high number of typos started to niggle by the end. Otherwise, highly recommended.

Jan 23, 2013 at 10:36 AM | Unregistered CommenterBloke down the pub

"This book is disagreement with the official line..." This statement says a lot. Surely if he belived the "official line" he would called it truth, or reality.

Jan 23, 2013 at 9:12 PM | Unregistered CommenterGreg Cavanagh

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