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Al Gore, Science, Skepticism and the BBC

“In this clip, Al Gore criticises the media’s reporting of climate change sceptics saying that they represent a tiny minority within the scientific community and should not be given any credibility.”

That’s Auntie Beeb’s polite way of saying that in this December 2007 interview clip Mr. Gore shows his utter disdain for controversy and free speech, and his complete lack of understanding of how both science and news reporting work. (1 minute 31 seconds)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/hardtalk/8340238.stm

Anyone who thinks that science operates by consensus should take that up with Galileo Galilei.
And anyone who thinks that the scientific data can’t be skewed by the funding system should take that up with John Ioannidis. “He and his team have shown, again and again, and in many different ways, that much of what biomedical researchers conclude in published studies—conclusions that doctors keep in mind when they prescribe antibiotics or blood-pressure medication, or when they advise us to consume more fiber or less meat, or when they recommend surgery for heart disease or back pain—is misleading, exaggerated, and often flat-out wrong.”

Mr. Gore to the contrary, retaining one’s skepticism is always a good idea.

 

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