The UnAustralian

Wednesday, March 05, 2003
 
Skeptics and The Skeptical Environmentalist

Here is an interesting link to a review on The Skeptical Environmentalist and the media.

It concludes:

If there is a lesson to be learned by journalists from the Lomborg affair it is to be suspicious of books, especially those by outsiders to a scientific or academic field who make extraordinary claims that counter scientific consensus. The Skeptical Environmentalist is the latest in a line of books over the past decade that present the strongest of arguments supported by a smoke screen of data and end notes. Consider for example Hernstein's and Murray's The Bell Curve, or Tierney's Darkness in El Dorado (the jury is still out on Wolfram's A New Kind of Science). Some of the material in these books mirrors at least some aspect of the truth, but the claims made by the authors are stretched into infinite shades of gray, or just plain error, by their extraordinary nature. If reporters are concerned with getting a story right, then the challenge remains to balance what the culture of journalism says makes for a good story with what a scientist knows about detecting sound science.

Also of interest is the followup comment by John Ståhle.
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