The Use of the Term ‘denier’ in Scientific Literature
06/23/2012 2 Comments
Our local blog aggregator still continues to label this blog and those that do not conform to the “global warming consensus” as deniers, which is not a scientific term. See Denialism/Climate contrarians
The use of the term ‘denier’ in scientific literature is being debated at Watts Up With That and at Jo Nova’s Blog. This debate deserves the attention of thoughtful readers, especially the local promoter of this misleading terminology, although I have serious doubts that she will invest the time and mental energy. There are some very insightful thoughts by Dr Robert Brown, starting with this very small excerpt:
Please understand that by creating a catch-all label like this [denier], you quite literally are moving the entire discussion outside of the realm of science, where evidence and arguments are considered and weighed independent of the humans that advance them, where our desire to see one or another result proven are (or should be) irrelevant, where people weigh the difficulty of the problem being addressed as an important contributor (in a Bayesian sense) to how much we should believe any answer proposed — so far, into the realm where people do not think at all! They simply use a dismissive label such as “denier” and hence avoid any direct confrontation with the issues being challenged.
I recommend that everyone interested in the issue of anthropogenic climate change read Dr Brown’s eloquent and insightful comments, as they are worthy of your consideration. More HERE.