Guest post by David Middleton
When debating the merits of the CAGW (catastrophic anthropogenic global warming) hypothesis, I often encounter this sort of straw man fallacy:
All that stuff is a distraction. Disprove the science of the greenhouse effect. Win a nobel prize get a million bucks. Forget the models and look at the facts. Global temperatures are year after year reaching record temperatures. Or do you want to deny that.
This is akin to arguing that one would have to disprove convection in order to falsify plate tectonics or genetics in order to falsify evolution. Plate tectonics and evolution are extremely robust scientific theories which rely on a combination of empirical and correlative evidence. Neither theory can be directly tested through controlled experimentation. However, both theories have been tested through decades of observations. Subsequent observations have largely conformed to these theories.
Note: I will not engage in…
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