Tuesday, July 03, 2007


People not as stupid as once thought, study shows...

The Ipsos Mori poll of 2,032 adults - interviewed between 14 and 20 June - found 56% believed scientists were still questioning climate change.

There was a feeling the problem was exaggerated to make money, it found.

The Royal Society said most climate scientists believed humans were having an "unprecedented" effect on climate.
Note the nomenclature used here. We're given an exact figure, an exact number of people who do not believe in the hype. And then there's that word, "most". What does that mean, exactly? A majority? 51-49? Or 90-10? Is that number supported by anything other than anecdotal evidence? A survey, perhaps?

Its reports like these that make people mistrust organizations like the Royal Society. If you read carefully you'll note that there's never a number given on scientist support of anthropogenic global warming. Its always words like "consensus" or "most" or "a significant number". You gotta stay on your toes.
The survey suggested that terrorism, graffiti, crime and dog mess were all of more concern than climate change.
I'd say thats about right.