It’s called a tautology–a rhetorical bludgeon

When a theory or a hypothesis can always be twisted to explain contradictory evidence or a failure of evidence to support the theory, but the adherent finds an excuse or explanation in the theory–that’s a tautology.

A tautological thinker is always secure with an answer and may be wrong but never in doubt.

Darwinist evolutionary theory is a tautology, and so is the warming theory.

When an evolutionist runs into a randomness problem, or a fossil record problem or a mutational genetic, chemical rules selection problem, he invokes the answer of enough time and the dumb chemicals will get it right and create functional complexity.

When a warmer runs into a real world evidence problem that contradicts elegant and complex modeling–he invokes excuses (there are more than 50 proposed excuses for the pause) or he finds a new data set in the easily manipulated surface temp record–anything to overcome the problem of the contradictory evidence.

And after some scrambling and pounding the table and a loud “consensus” the theory of warming survives another evidentiary problem.

Lying for justice or lying for a theory is motivated by a political or ideological committment. The first casualty of ideology is scientific integrity if the issue is a scientific one, it’s the truth if it’s a political one.

In the case of evolutionists it’s the importance of a theory that is explained by materialism, in the case of warmers it is a theory that must prove that human habitation on the planet is causing harm and will destroy the planet.

If you know the ideological foundation of the theory, then manipulating the evidence or ignoring the evidence is easy–Eric Hoffer explains it in The True Believer.

There is no room for skepticism and questions in a mass movement of true believers. Skeptics always create uncertainty and True Believers want answers and security.

http://thefederalist.com/2015/06/08/global-warming-the-theory-that-predicts-nothing-and-explains-everything/

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5 responses to “It’s called a tautology–a rhetorical bludgeon

  1. Rationalizations may produce a temporary feeling of well-being over having ‘vanquished’ an inconvenient truth, but time marches on, and nature will always continue to obey the laws of physics regardless of the desires or biases of humans. Like the cycle-epicycle model of the pre-Copernican solar system, such rationalizations inevitably become unwieldy mosters in their own right, and are vulnerable to a single well-constructed experiment or well-made measurement.

    • I need to change the subject slightly, but while both omanuel and tadchem are on the same page, i would like to see them calculate the mass of the smallest possible rocket which could accelerate say a 1kg clock out to 0.25c and return……
      This would be ‘a single well-constructed experiment’
      to verify the ‘twin paradox’ of relativity…I suspect that;
      1. Public misunderstanding of most of relativity started off the whole can-of-worms leading to the present junk-science basis for government and
      2. Much of relativity theory is untestable and therefore not science at all because e.g.
      3. A rocket to carry a clock to any relativistically significant velocity would be impossibly large.
      [for the calculation assume the heat of formation of water to be 68 kcal/mole, unless you can think of a better propellant than H2/O2 ] Thanks…..

      • Sigh! No response………
        My calculation says around 2 x 10^40 kg
        i.e.20 billion solar masses….
        Somebody please prove me wrong………
        Thanks again……

  2. The ongoing AGW scam is only the most recent part of a seventy-year worldwide crime against humanity . . .

    that started in 1945 with a NEWS BLACKOUT of battlefield victories by Stalin’s USSR troops in Manchuria and Korea in AUG-SEPT 1945. . .

    frightening world leaders into uniting nations [UN] and formerly independent national academies of science [NAS] into an “Orwellian Ministry of Consensus Scientific Truths” on 24 Oct 1945:

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10640850/Introduction.pdf

    I.e., National Academies of Science were united worldwide to <i<"save the world from nuclear annihilation" by forbidding public knowledge of the powerful force of nuclear energy that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki: NEUTRON REPULSION in cores of all atoms heavier than ~150 amu (atomic mass units) including URANIUM, PLUTONIUM, the Sun, the Milky Way, the Universe.

  3. A quote from one of your other articles I believe- “…Behind most—if not all—junk science is a fierce dedication to some preconceived notion, or even an ideology. Thus, the results of the experiment are always made to fit the preferred hypothesis….”- from an article in Junk Science.

    Where is this more evident than in the field of psychiatry, which the vast majority of those in your medical profession tolerate, ignore, and promote? Is that tolerance, ignorance and promotion not a severe ethics/standards violation?? –
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzdu3WQyIZg (Dr Niall McLaren, Practicing Australian psychiatrist for 22 years, 2 1/2 minutes)
    __________________________________________________
    ‘…Making lists of behaviors, applying medical-sounding labels to people who engage in them, then using the presence of those behaviors to prove they have the illness in question is scientifically meaningless. It tells us nothing about causes or solutions. It does, however, create the reassuring feeling that something medical is going on. DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) has become so widely relied upon within society that it has taken on the aura of scientific fact. Millions now use and believe in its diagnostic abilities, never once suspecting that the whole premise and the system itself are fraudulent….’

    Real science does not mislead the public in to beliefs manufactured with suggestions of causality that has not been found, it makes a great effort to discourage it. But psychiatry has always put it’s “authority”, profits and it’s harmful “treatments” ahead of science

    PS- I’m not sure about your assertions regarding Darwin “tautology” here. I was once educated in to the idea that Darwin’s theories on evolution were perverted by “Social Darwinism”, eugenics, the KKK and other pseudo science assertions.

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