Carol Platt Liebau: "Scientific Consensus" Can Be Wrong

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

"Scientific Consensus" Can Be Wrong

Here's the story of how the whole "fat is bad" legend became incorporated into the American psyche -- with possibly serious implications for our health.

Global warming adherents, beware. Sometimes 92% of all scientists -- the number quoted in the story as believing that fat caused heart disease -- can be wrong.

5 Comments:

Blogger Cliff said...

During the middle ages it was the, "consensus" amongst many scientists that the earth was flat. Many scientific Christians at the time were imprisoned because they belived the Bible which says, "The earth hangs in the heavens like a GLOBE."

7:30 AM  
Blogger The Very Sane Woman Who Points Out the Obvious said...

If you read the article, it notes that there was not clear scientific consensus on heart disease and fat. From Keys' research there developed a public policy consensus, which is different.

This is just obfuscation. There is no comparison between this case and the scientific consensus on anthropogenic global warming.

10:09 AM  
Blogger Carol Platt Liebau said...

TVSWPOO:

That's just semantics. As the article makes clear, the public policy consensus grew from the supposed "scientific consensus" -- and that's the same route that the anthropogenic global warming believers are trying to lead us down now.

10:48 AM  
Blogger The Very Sane Woman Who Points Out the Obvious said...

Carol,

You said, "As the article makes clear, the public policy consensus grew from the supposed "scientific consensus""

You are correct. People making policy supposed there was scientific consensus when there wasn't any.

There were actually sharp divisions in the scientific community on the "colesterol controversy" for years, decades actually.

The scientific consensus on global warming is not supposed. It is real.

1:09 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

It's easy to claim concensus when you discount anyone who disagrees.

6:06 AM  

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