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Monday, April 30, 2007

"We don't argue with cranks."

Finally, some ground rules. We don't argue with cranks. Part of understanding denialism is knowing that it's futile to argue with them, and giving them yet another forum is unnecessary. They also have the advantage of just being able to make things up and it takes forever to knock down each argument as they're only limited by their imagination while we're limited by things like logic and data. Recognizing denialism also means recognizing that you don't need to, and probably shouldn't argue with it. Denialists are not honest brokers in the debate (you'll hear me harp on this a lot). They aren't interested in truth, data, or informative discussion, they're interested in their world view being the only one, and they'll say anything to try to bring this about. We feel that once you've shown that what they say is deceptive, or prima-facie absurd, you don't have to spend a graduate career dissecting it and taking it apart. It's more like a "rule-of-thumb" approach to bad scientific argument. That's not to say we won't discuss science or our posts with people who want to honestly be informed, we just don't want to argue with cranks. We have work to do.

- Mark Hoofnagle, intro post to ScienceBlogs: Denialism

Oh, Snap! I do believe I will be visiting Denialism frequently, in a manner of speaking. ;-)

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Blogger Vox Populi said...

Oh man, I love this blog already. Been here 1:30 seconds. I will be linking to this post A LOT.

Thanks so much for a voice of reason and intellect.


12:19 AM, May 24, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When will you be admitting that you have this problem?

3:22 AM, May 25, 2007  
Blogger Tim said...

I learned on Usenet a long time ago that there was no point in arguing with homophobes or similar people who haven't got the slightest interest in listening to what you have to say.

By the way, have a meme. Enjoy.

10:32 AM, July 01, 2007  

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