Monthly Archives: March 2012

Christian MPs try to lift ban on “prayer can heal”

There is one fascinating thing with some people, is that they’ll dare anything. After the outrage caused among christians who felt victimized by the decision of an English court to ban prayer before the beginning of city councils reunions, we … Continue reading

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On expertise, argument from authority and scientific consensus

In my last note, I took on Allègre and his co-authors of the infamous “sixteen concerned scientists” op-ed for not being experts in climate science. When Kevin Trenberth answered Allègre and friends’ op-ed, he stated just that. The Wall Street … Continue reading

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The wall Street Journal did it again: how to manufacture doubt.

In an analogy, Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway compared certain scientists to the retired generals selling the war on Iraq in 2003 (Merchants of Doubt, p. 243, 2010). Like these generals, these scientists have been using their credentials  —whatever they … Continue reading

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