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OnTheOtherHand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-14-11 12:04 PM
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5. scary: "these guys prove all kinds of things with numbers"
Those guys prove all kinds of things with numbers. The fact that I may not be able to understand it doesn't make it any less so.

Well, it kind of does, because if you went out to look for the top ten experts about political numbers, I would guess eight of them have never heard of Charnin and the other two would snort. Go out and look in the poli sci journals for the articles that argue that Kerry won. So you ought to have some basis for trusting Charnin.

For just about any topic -- age of the earth, evolution, whether HIV causes AIDS, whether vaccines cause autism, climate change, whether human beings have landed on the moon -- you can find someone who can pound the table making a smart-sounding contrarian argument that might be a little hard to follow. The fact that it is hard to follow shouldn't be a point in its favor. For that matter, being easy to follow isn't necessarily a point in its favor, either.
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