Saturday, May 26, 2007

U.N. using junk science to create hysteria regarding extinctions

The corrupt, incompetent, and ineffective United Nations is claiming that extinctions are occurring at a rate of three species per hour, and that the world is now in "the worst spate of extinctions since the dinosaurs", according to this report. A close,critical look at the article, however, reveals that what the U.N. is doing here is little more than speculative junk science. The U.N. is not offering concrete, factual quantitative data based on hard, empirical, factual data about actual extinctions, which is the most accurate way to measure them. They are taking data about the rate of habitat loss, (which is a major factor in extinctions, but not the only one) and then forming a hypothesis about how that MAY POSSIBLY translate into extinction rates. They then boil this hypothetical, dubious data down to an hourly rate for maximum sensationalistic effect, and release their "information" to the public, hoping they don't notice the scam science they are being peddled. It is classic junk science; information spun in way to disguise propaganda as fact in an effort to promote an agenda. Junk science is a growing problem in today's world, which sadly is more interested in pursuing ideologies and political agendas rather than a quest for knowledge. I wish more of the public were more astute about this kind of garbage. If you are unsure of how to recognize junk science an excellent brief tutorial on the subject can be found here. I would pose this challenge to the U.N. or anyone who is buying into their hysteria: can you name one single species, plant or animal, that has been confirmed to have gone extinct in the past hour, day, week, month or even year?

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