‘No true Scotsman …’ : Matt Ridley joins the list

‘Rational Optimist’ Matt Ridley bravely and selflessly submits an entry for our ‘No true Scotsman’ award with this paragraph, which appeared in his column in The Times on Monday, December 9:

[L]ast week, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), a supposedly scientific body, issued a press release stating that this is likely to be the warmest year in a century or more, based on surface temperatures. Yet this predicted record would be only one hundredth of a degree above 2010 and two hundredths of a degree above 2005 — with an error range of one tenth of a degree. True scientists would have said: this year is unlikely to be significantly warmer than 2010 or 2005 and left it at that.

Would they indeed? Well then, the authors of the WMO’s press release are just a bunch of imposters in white coats, ne sont-ce pas? Call the police!

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About Stebbing Heuer

A person interested in exploring human perception, reasoning, judgement and deciding, and in promoting clear, effective thinking and the making of good decisions.
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