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Climate Progress – The truthiness of Proofiness: Charles Seife’s new book gets it wrong on Gore and the media laps it up

From Climate Progress:

The truthiness of Proofiness: Charles Seife’s new book gets it wrong on Gore and the media laps it up

December 8, 2010

So I was chugging through my back issues of Nature, when I came across a review of Charles Seife’s must-skip book, Proofiness:  The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception.  This paragraph derailed me:

Seife coins the term “proofiness” to refer to the misuse of numbers, deliberate or otherwise. He dubs the simplest quantitative sins “fruit-packing”. These include: “cherry-picking” the data, as he says Al Gore did when describing climate change in An Inconvenient Truth….

When in doubt, pick on Al Gore, because 1) the media loves a good Gore smear and 2) you don’t have to do your own mathematical homework because you can be sure the media won’t bother.  You’re only telling them what they already believe, even if it isn’t true, which in this case, it isn’t.

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