13 Oct '11, 6pm

On False Equivalence and False Inequivalence

Just over a week ago, I wrote a quick post on a new sociological analysis of organized efforts to sow doubt about global warming. The analysis was illustrated by a flow chart of what the researchers called the “climate change denial machine .” I added an update a day later describing a chart of the “climate alarmism machine” created in response by an Australian blogger. John Rennie, the former editor in chief of Scientific American, criticized me for engaging in “false equivalence” — a habit that I , and many others , have long criticized , particularly on science stories. He was right. My description of the “alarmism” chart as “an overdrawn, overblown caricature of reality” was insufficiently critical. I had issues with the sociologists’ analysis, but it was part of a serious effort at scholarship. Nearly all of the assertions by the Australian blogger in the second chart...

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