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2015 SkS Weekly News Roundup #40

Posted on 3 October 2015 by John Hartz

A chronological listing of the news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook page during the past week.

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  1. Referring to the AP article on "deniers" -> "doubters".Why not call them "rejectors" in the headline and at first occasion in the text define as "those who reject the mainstream scientific consensus" ?

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  2. Jonas@1.  Great idea.  However, in the interest of brevity, how about just call them 'rejects'?

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  3. @ubrew12,  Sadly while I agreee with you, it is probably a loaded description rather than one that refleects their grasp of the science.

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  4. I was going to point out that 'rejectors' would inevitably be shortened to 'rejects', but... already there.

    The problem I have with 'doubters' is that it is inaccurate for some of them. The people at Exxon who examined the problem, confirmed that global warming is real, and then spent decades telling the public that it wasn't are not 'doubters'. They know full well that global warming is real. 'Doubters and deceivers' would be accurate, but 'deniers' covers that in one word.

    Still, 'doubters' is better than 'skeptics' in that it is only an inaccurate description of some, while 'skeptics' was inaccurate for nearly all.

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