Nobody should trust S Fred Singer

Eli Rabett has the sordid tale of how S Fred Singer took advantage of Roger Revelle to put his name on a paper which expressed skepticism about global warming. Justin Lancaster has a web page with all the supporting documents and evidence.


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Fred Singer is truly a despicable human being for what he did to Revelle and for suing Lancaster when he was only a grad student. Singer would screw a snake if he could get that low to the ground.

Not to be confused with Fred Sanger, who won two Nobel prizes.

By Mustafa Mond, FCD (not verified) on 27 Apr 2007 #permalink

I have to come back one more time to note: if you are the type of person who takes advantage of someone on their death bed, then you are a truly horrific excuse for a human being.

Fred Singer should hang his head in public. This is behavior that is inexcusable.

if you are the type of person who takes advantage of someone on their death bed

So Singer here takes his place amongst luminaries like Derek Freeman and Newt Gingrich. Nice.

Good to remind people of this -- because you'll continue to see a partial and misleading quote attributed to Revelle, reposted; check whenever you see anything attrributed to Revelle in a denial/disinformation piece, odds are it's from that Singer article.

By Hank Roberts (not verified) on 28 Apr 2007 #permalink

The ur-Crank God himself, Emmanuel Velikovsky, pestered Einstein with his Worlds in Collision/Earth in Upheaval (loose congerie of assertions from ancient texts taken as a cosmological and geological) hypothesis. The Velikovskians write that when Einstein died he was reading Worlds in Collision. Not true, but the point is, if one of Emmanuel's acolytes had gotten Einstein to make a marginal note in his copy of WIC just before he died, maybe Velikovsky could have "co-written" an "Einstein paper."

Then you'd have "Sagan's guru was wrong." or "Greatest scientist of all wanted fair treatment for cosmic catastrophism; supported it in final paper."

By Marion Delgado (not verified) on 29 Apr 2007 #permalink

I'd go a lot further than "don't trust S Fred Singer" - assume anything he says is the diametric opposite of the truth. If he says there is no possibility of the sky falling down, start digging a shelter immediately.

Not logically valid, I know, but it saves a lot of time... If he should, by some strange freak of circumstance, happen to say something that actually is true, you'll hear it from someone else soon enough.