Tagged: gish gallop

Citing scientific studies and the arrogance of ignorance - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Apr 27, 2017

One thing that gets me going (as readers here probably know) is the way scientific citations are cherry-picked and dragged in to support biased positions. It’s a common form of confirmation bias in the fluoridation debate. And I get even angrier when the perpetrators cherry-picking citations will then claim they “have science on their side.” Parroting citations and (often unconnected) claims … Read More

Defending yourself against Persuasion – Distraction - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Apr 28, 2011

I recently read about a wedding scam in which thieves dressed as delivery men stole wedding presents from the hotel room they were stored in. In order to get past the hotel receptionist, an accomplice telephoned the receptionist with a complex request, at the same time as the “delivery men” arrived. Distracted by the phone call, the receptionist waved the seemingly genuine … Read More