Lies, damned lies, and statistics
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“Lies, damned lies, and statistics” is a phrase describing the persuasive power of numbers, particularly the use of statistics to bolster weak arguments. It is also sometimes colloquially used to doubt statistics used to prove an opponent’s point.
The term was popularised in the United States by Mark Twain (among others), who attributed it to the 19th-century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli (1804–1881): “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” However, the phrase is not found in any of Disraeli’s works and the earliest known appearances were years after his death. Other coiners have therefore been proposed, and the phrase is often attributed to Twain himself.
Arguments on both sides of the AGW debate quote scientific research, statistics, graphs and trends. I have been studying this subject for 4+ years, and have a background which includes the study of some of the scientific fundamentals. The conclusion that I have reached is that most modern studies confuse statistics with truth.
Without the help of mankind and the scientific method the atmosphere and climate have slowly (extremely slowly) (+/- 5 C per billion years) evolved to the point where the biosphere is a single functioning entity (see GAIA). Despite claims to the contrary we are an integral part of this system. We are part of the feedback system of the climate, the precautionary principle in regard to human endeavours is used as a blunt tool to force change and progress to meet esoteric (NO HARM) targets. But fear not the system has its own checks and balances, for all the harm progress appears to be making there are negative feedbacks, all will be well in the end.
All the current research and stats will achieve is a new way to TAX/Control the individual, throw off the yoke of the UN oppressor and tell your politicians enough is enough.
For the info of the reader, I live a greenish life in retirement, and disagree with much of the profligate waste of our current society, but the IPCC is wrong CO2 is not the enemy of life ICE is.