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Lew two in doo-doo

As readers no doubt know, a few days ago, Stephan Lewandowsky's "Conspiricy Ideation" paper was removed from the publisher's website without explanation. Now, perhaps in response to criticism from the respected Retraction Watch site, that explanation has appeared:

This article, first published by Frontiers on 18 March 2013, has been the subject of complaints. Given the nature of some of these complaints, Frontiers has provisionally removed the link to the article while these issues are investigated, which is being done as swiftly as possible and which Frontiers management considers the most responsible course of action. The article has not been retracted or withdrawn. Further information will be provided as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

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The Retraction Watch site now has an update.

They note that in fact the paper was first published on Feb 5, not March 18.

Apr 3, 2013 at 1:13 PM | Registered CommenterPaul Matthews

The article has not been retracted or withdrawn. Further information will be provided as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

Who said we had any patience? Or is expressing impatience itself proof of conspiracy ideation? 'Course it is. I'm a fool to myself. I'll be on the naughty step if anyone needs me.

Apr 3, 2013 at 1:18 PM | Registered CommenterRichard Drake

Lew paper flushed down the pan.

Apr 3, 2013 at 1:29 PM | Registered CommenterPhillip Bratby

Lol Phillip. But we're assured it has not been retracted or withdrawn. I wonder who's volunteering to fish it out from beyond the U bend?

Apr 3, 2013 at 1:37 PM | Registered CommenterRichard Drake

Yeah gee what are we allowed to speculate on? ;)

They are making a meal of it surely. I guess there must be some real skilful academic turd polishing going in the background that is beyond the ken of mere laymen. ;)

How long can it take for a renaming of the column in the supplementary material to

Excerpts Showing Conspiracy Ideation from Deniers Excluding Climate Scientists We Like who are Not Judith Curry and May Have a Point

Apr 3, 2013 at 1:38 PM | Registered CommenterThe Leopard In The Basement

If it is retracted then it is a conspiracy.

Apr 3, 2013 at 1:53 PM | Unregistered CommenterTweedledee

If it is not retracted then it is a conspiracy.

Apr 3, 2013 at 1:53 PM | Unregistered CommenterTweedledum

Tweedles *2...very amusing!

Apr 3, 2013 at 1:56 PM | Registered Commenterpeterwalsh

I hope somebody has issued a news release to their press list giving a heads up on the new "on hold" status just in case any problems are confirmed.

Apr 3, 2013 at 2:04 PM | Unregistered Commenternot banned yet

"....there must be some real skilful academic turd polishing..."

You can't polish a turd, but you can roll it in glitter.

Apr 3, 2013 at 2:12 PM | Unregistered CommenterRoger Longstaff

slightly off topic, but some crazy hackers printed Al gore's credit report online: I'm not a finance guy, seems like Gore has a lot of ongoing mortgages (buying beachfront properties?) and uses a lot of joint accounts. Worth a look? Maybe someone with a financial background can make more sense of the report.

There are other famous people hacked as well.

Apr 3, 2013 at 2:15 PM | Unregistered CommenterBill

'The article has not been retracted or withdrawn'

Indeed not. It has been 'disappeared'

But whatever poncy language they dress it up in, it all amounts to the same thing.

It ain't there no more. It has joined the choir invisible. It is pushing up the daisies. It has expired and returned (unmourned) to its maker. It is demised.

It is an ex-paper.

Apr 3, 2013 at 2:15 PM | Unregistered CommenterLatimer Alder

..and though it ill-behoves an Englishmanto intrude in private Australian grief (how's the cricket team going guys?), has anyone heard from dear Joelle Gergis recently?

Didn't she have a little local difficulty recently? Something to do with hockey sticks? Seems to be catching......

Apr 3, 2013 at 2:19 PM | Unregistered CommenterLatimer Alder

How about a few kind words for a science mag publisher who actually pays attention to complaints about fraudulent research? Would that other science publications do the same.

Apr 3, 2013 at 2:21 PM | Unregistered CommenterJack Maloney

Frontiers replied promptly to my complaint, which was sent just before the paper was taken down for the second time. They're forwarding it to the authors. A half an hour later I received a letter from the editor of Psychological Science saying that they too were forwarding my complaint about the first paper to Lewandowsky.

Apr 3, 2013 at 2:33 PM | Registered Commentergeoffchambers

Don't you worry about the cricket Latimer. You blokes are in for a rude shock. We have a secret weapon

Please observe the exquisite cover drive with follow through and hold. Neville Cardus would have written books about. John Arlott would have given up wine to see it. Be afraid, be very, very afraid.

Apr 3, 2013 at 2:38 PM | Registered CommenterGrantB

Darn it Grant, Lil was meant to be our secret weapon. Now the Poms will be scouring child-care centres to find her pint-sized peer.

Still, it might mean less on-field tantrums during the next Test.

Apr 3, 2013 at 2:47 PM | Registered Commenterjohanna

Richard Drake & Phil Bratby

Your are both really plumbing the depths now.

Apr 3, 2013 at 2:48 PM | Unregistered Commenterpesadia

But has she done her homework?

*O/T but with my moniker I am allowed it once in a while...

Apr 3, 2013 at 2:49 PM | Unregistered CommenterJiminy Cricket

"Provisionally removed the link".
I suspect that this is face-saving speak for "it is a crock, our bad for not spotting it and we will hope it dies
a silent death, unnoticed".

Apr 3, 2013 at 2:55 PM | Unregistered CommenterDon Keiller

@grant b

I remember seeing the original Lillee (Dennis K of that ilk) and - with Jeff Thomson - he was a truly formidable fast bowler. Right up there with 'Whispering Death' Holding and Malcolm Marshall

Your new secret weapon...not so much. But at least she's not called Kim and doesn't burst into tears at the drop of hat......

Apr 3, 2013 at 2:59 PM | Unregistered CommenterLatimer Alder

pesadia: you can pipe down and all :)

Apr 3, 2013 at 3:04 PM | Registered CommenterRichard Drake

GrantB: Arlott giving up wine??!! Wasn't it he who came out with: "The batsman's Holding the bowler's Willy"?

Apr 3, 2013 at 3:44 PM | Unregistered CommenterSnotrocket

Climate Audit's latest post, as well as marking Tom Curtis as behaving with considerable integrity, also pulls the rug from under Lew's feet as far as his purported test audience are concerned.

It would take a heart of stone not to laugh.

Apr 3, 2013 at 3:46 PM | Unregistered Commentermrsean2k

Other way round Snotrocket. The bowler was Holding. But an all-time classic of Test Match Special.

Apr 3, 2013 at 3:49 PM | Registered CommenterRichard Drake


Brian Johnston.

John Arlott would never ever have been so vulgar. He loved fine language too much. Don't forget that he was a poetry producer at the BBC. But you're right about wine...he'd never give that up.

Apr 3, 2013 at 3:57 PM | Unregistered CommenterLatimer Alder

Drake's right about who was bowling, who batting. But in fact it was Brian Johnston, not Arlott, who came out with the immortal line, at the Oval in 1976, in the unlikely event anyone is interested.

Apr 3, 2013 at 3:57 PM | Unregistered CommenterAgouts

Lew paper......fold or scrunch?

Apr 3, 2013 at 4:00 PM | Unregistered Commenterbanjo

Latimer, GrantB:
If she can keep that cover drive on the ground, a la Don Bradman, she is a definite threat. For a moment I thought you were going to include some of the pin-up quality lovelies from the Australian Women's Team. They would certainly be a welcome distraction during a 5 day Test Match.

Apr 3, 2013 at 4:08 PM | Unregistered Commenterbernie

Richard Drake


Apr 3, 2013 at 4:14 PM | Unregistered Commenterpesadia

Johnners, of course. My father (gifted batsman and MCC stalwart who knew all these guys, one way or the other) will be rolling in his grave, hopefully with laughter.

Apr 3, 2013 at 4:15 PM | Registered CommenterRichard Drake

Wasn't it Aggers who said the batsman knocked the bails off because he couldn't get his leg over. Brian Johnston couldn't speak because nobody in the commentary box could stop laughing?

Apr 3, 2013 at 4:28 PM | Unregistered CommenterPhillip Bratby

I thought it was "legover before wicket".

Apr 3, 2013 at 4:42 PM | Registered CommenterMartin A

Phillip Bratby

A recording of Aggers and Johners here:

Apr 3, 2013 at 5:35 PM | Registered CommenterDreadnought

the doo just got much deeper

Apr 3, 2013 at 5:35 PM | Unregistered CommenterBarry Woods

The Lew Krew SHOULD have looked in to why the catastrophiliacs are so irrational when it comes to Mann Made Global Warming (tm) and how they can never answer a question with a straight answer and invent and project their insecurities on anyone who dates question their religion.

That would have been far more insightful than the bag of turds they published and labelled as science!!!


Apr 3, 2013 at 10:07 PM | Unregistered CommenterMailman

Lewanclownsky has done a service

I haven't laughed so much since the release of Monty Python's Life of Brian

Apr 3, 2013 at 11:19 PM | Unregistered Commenterianl8888

I remember a brilliant Arlott comment as Lillee went back to his mark on his early very long run up. He said "unlike the lilies of the field, he toils, even if he does not spin". And his first book was a book of poetry. Sadly missed.

Apr 3, 2013 at 11:32 PM | Unregistered Commentermikep

Latimer -ah yes, the Kim Hughes teary episode. I remember it well, not least because some of my university colleages (I know who you are) pinned screaming Sun etc poster headlines to my door the next day.

Mind you, Dame Edna put it down to a tight jock strap rather than anything that actually happened on the field.

Apr 4, 2013 at 12:14 AM | Registered CommenterGrantB

Wicket tears sticky,
Juggernaut bells all alarm,
For the centuries.

Apr 4, 2013 at 4:06 AM | Unregistered Commenterkim

What Lysenko spawned?

Apr 4, 2013 at 6:03 AM | Unregistered Commenterjorgekafkazar

Poor Lewandowsky. He must think there is some sort of conspiracy against him.

Apr 4, 2013 at 6:42 AM | Unregistered CommenterIan Hoder

An idiot at the Wash Post cites Lew as good science

Apr 12, 2013 at 7:49 PM | Unregistered Commenterstan

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