Author Archives: Fallacy Man

How to find and access peer-reviewed studies (for free)

The peer-reviewed literature is where scientists publish their research, and it is the source for scientific information. As a result, I spend a lot of time on this blog talking about it. I have explained how the peer-review system works … Continue reading

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Can we blame climate change for storms like Dorian?

Last week, the world watched in horror as Hurricane Dorian ripped though the Atlantic, leaving devastation in its path, and as usual, debates online have swirled around the same question that arises every time there is a major weather event, … Continue reading

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Don’t cherry pick your experts

The appeal to authority fallacy is one of the most common logical fallacies in internet debates. It is a favorite tactic among climate change deniers, anti-vaccers, young earth creationists, and pretty much anyone else who rejects “mainstream” science. I previously … Continue reading

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Windows into Science: Scientific Conferences

I am writing this on my way home from attending two scientific conferences. These meetings are critical components of the modern scientific enterprise, and they provide a lot of insights into how science works, so I thought it would be … Continue reading

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Stop using Al Gore as an excuse for rejecting science

There are a lot of bad reasons for rejecting the science of climate change (indeed, there are no good reasons), but some arguments are more well thought out than others. This is not going to be an article about one … Continue reading

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DNA is DNA: The anti-GMO movement ignores basic genetics

Genetic engineering (GE) is simultaneously one of the most misunderstood technological marvels we have invented. The internet is full of articles and videos denouncing the supposed evils of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) with one of the most common arguments claiming … Continue reading

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Climate change denier vs Attenborough: Why did those walruses die?

Sir David Attenborough recently lent his voice to a new Netflix series, “Our Planet,” that documents human impacts on the planet, with a particular focus on climate change. Unsurprisingly, climate change contrarians were unhappy about this series and seized any … Continue reading

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