You Don’t Like the Scientific Consensus? Ignore it Away.

I argue that we are obliged to accept the consensus in a scientific field of which we’re not a part, but not everyone is happy with that approach. Let’s at one argument for how to dismiss an annoying scientific consensus. [Read more…]

Reject the Scientific Consensus? How Do You Justify THAT?

Is a scientific consensus inconvenient? Then just handwave a reason to reject it! Though this is a popular response to unwanted scientific conclusions, it is intellectually indefensible. [Read more…]

Reject the Scientific Consensus? How Do You Justify THAT?

Is a scientific consensus inconvenient? Then just handwave a reason to reject it! Though this is a popular response to unwanted scientific conclusions, it is intellectually indefensible. [Read more…]

Word of the Day: Argument from Authority (and How Consensus Fits In)

The claim “That’s an Argument from Authority Fallacy!” is common. But when is it actually a fallacy? And when can the Argument from Authority be valid? [Read more…]