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Common Denier Tactic: Claiming to be Censored

Posted by Michael Dickens on August 6, 2009

I’ve never seen anyone talk about this general topic, and it’s about time someone does.

Whenever there is some sort of popular controversy about a scientific topic, especially when the scientific evidence greatly supports one side, the other side (the “deniers”) frequently claim to be censored. How else can they explain the monumental evidence against them?

This article made me think about this issue. There are so many examples of this sort of behavior. Perhaps the most well known is Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. It has a rating of only 10% on Rotten Tomatoes, and a rating of 0% among top critics. The documentary attempts to point out the blatant censorship of evidence supporting creationism (hint: the reason you don’t see it isn’t because it’s censored, it’s because there is none). And now global warming deniers are doing it too.

The moral here is to be cautious if people start to claim to be censored on a scientific topic. Don’t outright ignore them, because sometimes it’s true; but don’t believe them without evidence, either. As always, you should look for evidence on both sides.

But what about that censorship in the EPA? This video addresses that:

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2 Responses to “Common Denier Tactic: Claiming to be Censored”

  1. ScruffyDan said

    A perfect example:
    http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2009/08/warm-up_for_the_creation_museu.php

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