Thursday, 22 July 2010

A lesson in (ir-)responsible writing

Check out this dumb, irresponsible headline from the New Scientist: 'Record-breaking heat does not 'prove' global warming' http://bit.ly/ciwMJD Headlines need to be designed so that they are in themselves not only true, but not misleading. This headline will encourage 'casual viewers' to think that the New Scientist doesn't believe that global warming has been proven.
Next thing, they'll be giving us headlines like "Millions of deaths do not 'prove' that smoking causes lung cancer"...

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Blogger Kaihsu Tai said...

This report from the European Environment Agency, Late lessons from early warnings: the precautionary principle 1896–2000 (ISBN 92-9167-323-4; ISBN 978-92-9167-323-0), points out the fallacy of “no evidence of harm = evidence of no harm”, among other fallacies against the precautionary principle.

23 July 2010 at 14:07  

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Check out this dumb, irresponsible headline from the New Scientist: 'Record-breaking heat does not 'prove' global warming' http://bit.ly/ciwMJD Headlines need to be designed so that they are in themselves not only true, but not misleading. This headline will encourage 'casual viewers' to think that the New Scientist doesn't believe that global warming has been proven.
Next thing, they'll be giving us headlines like "Millions of deaths do not 'prove' that smoking causes lung cancer"...
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