Email to UWA Ethics Department



I have written the following email to the Associate Director for Research Ethics at the University of Western Australia:

I refer to our previous correspondence on the issue of Stephan Lewandowsky.

You will no doubt be aware that the journal Frontiers has issued a statement regarding the retraction of the paper, which states (my emphasis):

As a result of its investigation, which was carried out in respect of academic, ethical and legal factors, Frontiers came to the conclusion that it could not continue to carry the paper, which does not sufficiently protect the rights of the studied subjects. Specifically, the article categorizes the behaviour of identifiable individuals within the context of psychopathological characteristics.

I suggest that this reveals a significant failing on the part of UWA to properly consider the human research ethical implications of Recursive Fury (and, by implication, the predecessor paper, NASA faked the moon landings), and as a result the paper(s) have breached the requirements of the National Health and Medical Research Council policies on human research.

Do you stand by your previous assertion that you believe the research carried out by Stephan Lewandowsky was fully in compliance with the relevant human research ethics policies of UWA and/or the NHMRC? I intend to publish your response on my blog, Australian Climate Madness.

Stay tuned!


  1. They’re gonna say he works in Bristol:)

  2. Where do you go if they just ignore this communication? Keep up the good work Simon!

  3. Skiphil says:

    They could say they need at least another year to “investigate” (sic) matters….

    They could say (per their reckless General Counsel) that they have an insurance policy to cover instances of unethical and unprofessional research…. wonder what their insurance company would say about such lack of due diligence by the General Counsel ??

    kudos and thanks for all of your (due) diligence, Simon!!

  4. Lew Skannen says:

    Good. I have also sent a paper letter. Time these arrogant fools were reminded who pays their inflated salaries.

  5. I’ve put my correspondence to Professor Maybery (Head of School of Psychology, UWA) and with Prof Lewandowsky – reporting errors and requesting data for the ‘Moon Hoax’ paper – online.

  6. says:

    Way to go Simon

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