Dr. Tim Ball is the researcher being sued by Michael Mann, as mentioned in Climate Change: Why I No Longer Believe. . . What I find fascinating, and fundamental to why I changed my mind, is that Ball challenged Mann to release his data sets and analytical methods for public examination as a way to prove Ball’s accusations of fraud were unfounded – which would then facilitate Mann’s win over Ball in the lawsuit.
Let me repeat this. Michael Mann is suing Tim Ball because the latter said the former was committing scientific fraud. Ball challenged Mann “OK, here’s a simple way to prove you’re right, and I’m wrong” and the plaintiff refused. IMHO this refusal is damning.
It’s a great book, and easy for the layman to understand.
One other thing. Privately, I’ve had two computer / software people I know take a look at the original ClimateGate leaks, which includes Mann’s code. Both confirmed that Mann’s model builds in a “hockey stick effect” – which confirms my recollection that someone had tested it by feeding in random numbers, and out popped the pre-determined hockey stick curve.
Again, let me repeat: when fed random numbers, the software yields a hockey stick output.
There can be no logical outcome but to conclude, in the face of this software predestination and Mann’s refusal to put forth information that would vindicate him in a lawsuit, that every single paper that references his work must be discredited. Which, IIRC, encompasses a majority of the current papers on the topic.