On occasion the CS can be a touch heavy-handed but the recent Whitewash! Whitewash! is classic, ending with the inspired:

But that is not science – that is closing your eyes to Truth. The so-called AGW theory is an non-falsifiable oxymoron, and theories that are non-falsifiable are not scientific! It has also been disproved many times, by Gerlisch and Tscheuschler, by Soon and Baliunas, by Miskolczi, by Ernst-Georg Beck, by Lord Monckton, by McIntyre, by Inferno and finally by myself! And by its nature of being unfalsifiable and falsified at the same time, AGW theory leads to a contradiction, and logically this means that it has to be wrong. Reductio ad adsurdum!

That so good it really out to be taken up by the theologues.

Comments

  1. #1 dhogaza
    2010/07/08

    non-falsifiable oxymoron

    I thought it was a non-falsifiable carbondioxymoron, myself.

    So he quotes Inferno as a source, not knowing Denial Depot is a spoof site. Poe rules.

  2. #2 dhogaza
    2010/07/08

    Oh, talk about getting sucked in without bothering to chase the link … that’s the good Baron’s spoof site! Chuckle …

  3. #3 V. infernalis
    2010/07/08

    And by its nature of being unfalsifiable and falsified at the same time, AGW theory leads to a contradiction, and logically this means that it has to be wrong.

    Smart enough to recognize the contradiction, not smart enough to realize where the error in logic lies.

  4. #4 V. infernalis
    2010/07/08

    Postscript: Doh! Poe’s Law strikes again!

  5. #5 carrot eater
    2010/07/08

    Two in a row? Ok, this is turning into quite a poor show. You’re all ruining the genius of that paragraph.

  6. #6 dhogaza
    2010/07/08

    Well, I read it while rebooting a server and wasn’t paying close attention, what can I say?

    But it is brilliant.

  7. #7 deconvoluter
    2010/07/09

    They should have gone back to the source i.e Karl von Poppergrinder.*

    A theory is falsifiable as we saw in section 23,if there exists at least one class of homotypic statements which are forbidden by it; that is if the class of its potential falsifiers is not empty.

    Consider:

    All swans are white

    Why is this science? because you could discover a black swan. Science advances by such falsifications. In such a case you would have to accept the only alternative universal synthetic statement, i.e.

    All swans are black

    This also applies to the universal synthetic statement known as Oreskes’ law i.e. that all climatologists think that the climate sensitivity is about 3K. However this has been falsified by the discovery of a black swan i.e. Richard Lindzen.

    * The Logic of Scientific Confusion.Page 112.

  8. #8 Ian
    2010/07/09

    AGW was “disproved by Inferno”? Obviously CS is a man who knows his sources!

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