"Propter nomen" — Because of the name


Have critical thinking skills been compromised simply by naming the problem “Global Warming”, or “Global Climate Change”?

Watts Up With That?

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen

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In the current round of discussion over at Climate Dialogue, which is about the effects of the Sun on Earth’s climate, one of the participants, Dr. Mike Lockwood, in his essay “The sun plays only a very minor role”, lists the following item as one of seven fundamental considerations which are often overlooked in discussions of climate issues:

“7. Logic based on the name given to a phenomenon, interval or feature is bad science, because the name is often inadequate and misleading.”

— Mike Lockwood

Dr. Lockwood later gives a specific instance saying “The ‘Little Ice Age’ — I dislike this name as it has been used to build arguments that rely on the name which, as mentioned in point 7, is inherently bad science.”

His point 7 struck me as much more widely true and as a logical fallacy or error…

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