Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Assertion is not substantiation

Simply repeating a proposition over and over, doesn't increase its veracity. Assertion is not substantiation. Substantiation requires evidence, empirical data and/or the use of logic. As this article points out, the advocacy of global warming reflects a cascade:

  • "Availability cascade" has been coined for the way a proposition can become irresistible simply by the media repeating it;
  • "informational cascade" for the tendency to replace our beliefs with the crowd's beliefs; and
  • "reputational cascade" for the rational incentive to do so.
Warmism is hyped continuously and consciously, from the Bali Conference to Gore's Nobel prize. But that still doesn't alter the facts -- may hinder some people from searching for them, but doesn't alter them.