How to make a really bad scientific argument, Part 1

You, a scientist or engineer, need to convince the public, politicians, executives, etc. of a scientific issue that is hard to understand. What do you do? Well, you can stick to facts and logic. You can lay out what you know, how uncertain you are about it, and what you don’t know. But that would be boring. Tedious. Hard work. And those non-scientists will never get it anyway. Why bother? What you need is a bad argument. Coming soon is a series of posts on how to make a bad scientific argument to sway people who really don’t get science anyway. The use of bad arguments sort of flags you as someone who isn’t actually doing science, but only the scientists and engineers will figure that out. And who listens to them?

 

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