QOTD – 5 May 2017

Claiming total certainty about the science traduces the spirit of science and creates openings for doubt whenever a climate claim proves wrong. Demanding abrupt and expensive changes in public policy raises fair questions about ideological intentions. Censoriously asserting one’s moral superiority and treating skeptics as imbeciles and deplorables wins few converts.

–Bret Stephens, in THAT article in The New York Times, which I doubt those of you on the Left have even read, either in part or its entirety. And you should be ashamed of such intellectual dishonesty.

2 responses to “QOTD – 5 May 2017

  1. Brian Johnson

    That’s too harsh, Mark. It borders on the rude. There’s no reason to tell me that I should be ashamed of my intellectual dishonesty for not reading an article of which I have never heard. I might as well accuse you of the same for not reading an article in, say, Cochlear Implants International.

    • Mark Philip Alger

      Yes. It’s true; it’s intellectually disingenuous of me to assume that any given leftist is pounding on Stephens’s article without having read it. Though it’s pretty clear that those who pronounce anathema on it haven’t. And, no, they need not be ashamed of their intellectual dishonesty for it. Though it is so for all of that. As always, if the shoe doesn’t fit, get out of that chair and let somebody else have a crack at it.

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