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Saturday, 21 November 2009

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Evil Bender

Non-specialists on the internet using out-of-context conversations to bolster their predetermined conclusions? Shocking!

And the line between soon to be mainstream political discourse and conspiracy theories shouted by the tinfoil hat brigade blurs even further.

LaciTheDog

This sounds a bit like the rubbish that is spread about the Second Amendment which has to do with civilian control of the military and the prevention of a standing army, not some bizarre personal right to arms. The Second Amendment was supposed to ensure a Swiss style military system with a small professional army and a large civilian defence force.

So, no surprise whatsoever.

Endy

You're missing the forest for the trees. The problem is not that the email is written in technical jargon, a language the 'skeptics' do not speak, but that the email is written in British English, a language the 'skeptics' do not speak.

todd.

I was really bummed that someone posted about the kernel trick before I could on LGM.

Luther Blissett

Scott, I think the implications of these emails goes beyond a misunderstanding of the word "trick." There seems to be consistent massaging of the data and a refusal to publish work that runs counter to the party line.

Porlock Junior

Endy says,

" The problem is not that the email is written in technical jargon, a language the 'skeptics' do not speak, but that the email is written in British English, a language the 'skeptics' do not speak."

Fixed.

happyfeet

I wouldn't go out on a limb here Mr. SEK cause of this whole climate change was just too good to be true in a lot of ways I think to where I'm just gonna chew on a blade of grass and look thoughtfully into the distance, hair tousled by the uncertain and noncommittal breeze, a little wiser a little sadder but resolved not to allow my trusting nature to be so callously abused in future. Bloody climate scoundrels.

Eric Davs

Strange how the ignorant will be ignorant.

Use and example from Math to explain something about English, and the oddest thing happens.

Que the surprise "Morons don't understand English or math"... I wonder why?

oh... I have it... because they are ignorant!

Why don't they understand English or math or science... hang on..

I think I have an answer to that one too.

Next you will be trying to convince me that they believe in unicorns and spirits! But something based on data, 'that' they have a problem with.

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