Self-Disaccreditation

No change in political climate by Ellen Goodman.

I would like to say we’re at a point where global warming is impossible to deny. Let’s just say that global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers, though one denies the past and the other denies the present and future.

Ellen Goodman’s self-disaccreditation comes in the form of two laws of online debate.

First, Benford’s Law of Controversy, which states “Passion is inversely proportional to the amount of real information available.

Ms. Goodman is very, very passionate.

Second, Godwin’s Law, which states that “as an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one“.

We’ve hit that point. Those, like Ms. Goodman, who have fallen victim to Benford’s Law of Controversy are now venturing into Godwin’s Law territory. This is demonstrated through the insane emotion-over-reason accusations of those who insist that scientific evidence consist of indisputable fact as opposed to simple and assumptive consensus.

Ms. Goodman should be ashamed at the parallels she has attempted to draw between people who literally murdered hundreds of thousands of innocent people and those who insist that fact should be provable.

Ms. Goodman should also be upfront on her own credentials: She has a degree in modern European history– not climatology, not meteorology, not anything that even remotely solidifies her abilities to evaluate or consider scientific evidence.

And that, my friends, brings us right back Ms. Goodman’s violation of Benford’s Law of Controversy.

Mike

One thought on “Self-Disaccreditation

  1. Hey! I’ve got a degree in history too! Does that qualify me to work for the Weather Channel or join Al Gore’s entourage?

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