Saturday, February 16, 2008

Consensus in science

A thoughtful post here from William Briggs, with an interesting series of comments, on the appearance and substance of consensus in science.

Ecomyths mix dubious claims of consensus with a smattering of hypocrisy and spin them into policy dogma. Add some false images for marketing, and let the media run away with things and never mind the facts. The end result is groupthink, which may look like a consensus but doesn't validate its assertions. Rather, it lends a sheen of green justification for ill-conceived populist policies: see my post below.

Good news is that a blog like ecomyths is not in any danger of becoming redundant.