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Appeal To Authority Doesn’t Work For Science, Either

Posted by Anthony on December 5, 2009

Bob Dylan, your words are etched in eternity forever: The times they are a changin’. If you are skeptical of global warming (not climate change) then you must be anti-science and a flat-earther.

Huh? Says who?

With only days to go before Copenhagen we mustn’t be distracted by the behind-the-times, anti-science, flat-earth climate sceptics. We know the science. We know what we must do.

That was spoken by Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who must, as he says, also be a scientist. What-you don’t have to be a scientist to comment on global warming?

Then stop the appeal to authority argument. We are talking billions of deaths if anthropogenic global warming is deemed true, and because this organization says this, this crazy senator says that, and this scientist proves this, is all too much. Logic is in need right now.

Of course, with scientists changing data, they lose what ever value of authority they obtained. They should be shunned and kicked from all science fields for life.

The hatred for skeptics is unwarranted. Flat-earthers? Deniers? Nobody denies climate change; now anthropogenic (man-made) global warming is challenged by many people and supported by data.

Get some real data from reliable, unbroken machines, then come back with solutions.

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10 Responses to “Appeal To Authority Doesn’t Work For Science, Either”

  1. LeisureGuy said

    By and large, scientists did not change the data. You’re talking about one research institute, and about one scientist who wanted to smooth a curve. While he shouldn’t have, that one act certainly doesn’t invalidate the thousands and thousands of studies that have been done and documented in peer-reviewed journals. Your best source of information on what is happening to the climate is from scientists who study the climate, not from institutes and Senators heavily funded by coal, oil, and gas industries. Those industries have spent millions undermining public opinion and contradicting the science, literally following the playbook that tobacco companies developed to fight the science analyzing the effects of tobacco smoke. They finally lost, but they were able to stave off defeat for decades, with billions of dollars more in profits (and, of course, with millions more suffering from the diseases that smoking tobacco encourages).

    On global warming, the science is clear and well-established and reflected in what is actually happening. Of course, every year that action can be delayed is billions more in revenue for oil, gas, and coal, so this is quite serious to those companies. And companies whose revenues are threatened will go to extremes to protect themselves.

  2. LeisureGuy said

    BTW, here’s how the energy companies try to push their agenda.

  3. hepsy said

    The only scientists changing data are the ones caught up in the scheme!

    The other scientists, the ones blacklisted for relying on data rather than payback, are consistent in their findings.

    Good post.
    aloha!

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