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  •  He also engaged in false equivalence (5+ / 0-)

    Scientists defending and explaining facts isn't the same as deniers ignoring those facts.

    Most disappointing to me of all was the false equivalence that Nate draws between the scientific community’s efforts to fight back against intentional distortions and attacks by an industry-funded attack machine, and the efforts of that attack machine itself. He characterizes this simply as a battle between “consensus” scientists and “skeptical” individuals, as if we’re talking about two worthy adversaries in a battle. This framing is flawed on multiple levels, not the least of which is that those he calls “skeptics” are in fact typically no such thing. There is a difference between honest skepticism — something that is not only valuable but necessary for the progress of science — and pseudo-skepticism, i.e. denialism posing as “skepticism” for the sake of obscuring, rather than clarifying, what is known.

    Democratic Leaders must be very clear they stand with the working class of our country. Democrats must hold the line in demanding that deficit reduction is done fairly -- not on the backs of the elderly, the sick, children and the poor.

    by Betty Pinson on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 06:53:07 AM PST

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    •  Yes, indeed. (2+ / 0-)
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      Steven D, Eyesbright

      One minor point: "false equivalence" is more of a grammatical form than a logical construct.

      Each argument that presents in the guise of "false equivalence" can be more carefully described using the informal fallacies. You will find "Begging the Question" at the heart of many of them -- it's a cheap little trick, not requiring more than 10 seconds brain work to construct.

      I've got a copy of Rush Limbuagh's 1992 book "The Way Things Ought To Be" in hand. Surprisingly, it does not reek of swamp water and putrid flesh.

      Logically, it does. I can read three pages at a whack. Then I get dizzy.

      Perhaps this business of "false equivalence" is part of the general Dumbing Down movement. Turn on a television and you will not see much of critical thinking or of facts. Not on the news programs.

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