Pwn-Fest continues despite Superfreaks PR spin attempts
November 3, 2009 by greenfyre
BPSDBWhy the on-going fascination with the error filled climate change chapter in Superfreakonomics? Quite simple really, it’s a rare opportunity to get some anecdotal evidence on whether the climate science blogosphere has an impact, what kind of impact, and how much. This particular issue is valuable in that it has spilled over into the more public realm while still clearly ‘tagged’ as Superfreakonomics.Naturally anecdotal evidence is far less than what we could wish for, but at least it is something. A sputtering match is still better than the usual darkness that we fumble around in.Oh yes, there is also a link to where you can read the climate chapter if you haven’t yet and still want to ….
So I have been spending far too much of my life looking at blogs, reviews, and news stories which I will not be inflicting on you (why should you suffer too?). Nor am I even going to guess at how many, because frankly it’s a blur. Instead I will just offer some impressions of what I found.The attempts to spin the book are interesting in that, other than the most brain dead climate change Deniers, for the most part no one is attempting to directly defend the chapter as accurate per se. Instead the defences seem to be taking two main forms, one Red Herring fallacy, the other a Straw Man Fallacy, both subsets of the larger Red Herring fallacy.
Greenfyre’s having a field day… impressive because the blogs/posts/articles that had to be reviewed were enough to melt your higher functions into a fused mass, requiring large quantities of C2-H5-OH as a solvent to break things loose. Be sure to read the whole article, and beware pop culture books pretending to be science.