From Joe Heller via Open Parachute. I don’t think the scientist does a good job of conveying scientific knowledge. It is rarely “just the facts.” We sometimes choose to speak that way, but when we do, it is often unhelpful, because denialists regularly think that they are looking at the facts, too. And so one needs to emphasize that merely insisting one knows or that one doesn’t believe does not make one right, and the collective judgments made about the facts, the data, by qualified experts, get us closer to the truth than anyone has ever managed to working just on their own. Even radical changes to our thinking consistently result from those who have not only unique but persuasive insights, which they have achieved while standing on the shoulders of those who went before them.