James Randi has corrected himself. After this week’s Swift blog post that verged on climate change denialism, he now writes that his observation that the world has cooled over the last 150 years was supposed to have said “warmed.” And he accepts that his description of the Oregon Petition as something that “may be valid” was a mistake.
… the importance and the impact of this phenomenon is well beyond my grasp. I merely expressed my thoughts about the controversy, and I received a storm (no pun intended) of comments, many of which showed a lack of careful reading that led to unfair presumptions and interpretations. Will I do it again with other subjects? Without fail, I promise you. This is what human interaction is all about, what makes it important.
PZ isn’t satisfied and makes some good points about why JR would bother to write about a subject he admits he isn’t really all that up on.
But I’m hoping we can chalk this one up to a bad case of premature punditry and leave it at that. JR deserves at least as much.