I was reading an assigned article about being open-minded and not being gullible for school and stuff, and I came across this curious quote:
Be Skeptical When Little or No Evidence is Given
My general rule of thumb is that extraordinary statements require extraordinary evidence.On the issue of global warming, for example, the statement is that the actions of people can, in essence, cause massive disruption to the planet. That kind of statement needs extraordinary evidence.
The only evidence offered, however, is computer models that can’t even reproduce the past and one kind of temperature measurement (surface temperatures) that are the least reliable on a global scale.
Apparently the author forgot about the whole 97% of scientists agree that climate change is happening, and that it is caused by humans. I am frankly disappointed that my school is promoting this bull, and I find it just a bit ironic that an article about being open-minded is so close-minded on a monumental issue that affects us today.
Also, this quote comes up a bit later, which literally made me facepalm.
Be skeptical of “lone gunmen”
While a single individual might very well be right about an issue, it is easier for such a person to end up being wrong, because he or she just doesn’t have all the expertise necessary to tackle an issue. Groups with a variety of experts are more likely to be correct than a single individual.
Kent Hovind makes a lot of mistakes in his presentations because he does not subject himself to peer review. For example, he talks about a dinosaur fossil being carbon dated as tens of thousands of years old to show that carbon dating is wrong, but the carbon that was dated was NOT from the fossil.