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Old 12-10-2011, 01:15 PM
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Default Re: Science Saturday: Civilized Violence (Maggie Koerth-Baker & Jessa Gamble)

Originally Posted by harkin View Post
Interesting that one of the subject lines is "Tricking people into believing the truth". A more accurate wording would be "into supporting the cause"
It echoes back to these boards where the clique argued that lies/obfuscation/exaggeration about global warming was entirely justified. This was around the time that they were also saying Britons would never see snow again (aka tricking themselves).
Given events at the recent Durban conference one might be lulled into thinking that real science ala Feynman may have won the day. But these guys are a tricky lot, have careers at stake and way too many people are uninformed and just want to believe the "consensus" because they think it makes them look smart.
"By pursuing his own interest he frequently promotes that of the society more effectually than when he really intends to promote it." Adam Smith
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