Denialism

Just what I needed: another interesting blog to read! This one is called Denialism Blog. From the About page:

Denialism is the employment of rhetorical tactics to give the appearance of argument or legitimate debate, when in actuality there is none. These false arguments are used when one has few or no facts to support one’s viewpoint against a scientific consensus or against overwhelming evidence to the contrary. They are effective in distracting from actual useful debate using emotionally appealing, but ultimately empty and illogical assertions.

Examples of common topics in which denialists employ their tactics include: Creationism/Intelligent Design, Global Warming denialism, Holocaust denial, HIV/AIDS denialism, 9/11 conspiracies, Tobacco Carcinogenecity denialism (the first organized corporate campaign), anti-vaccination/mercury autism denialism and anti-animal testing/animal rights extremist denialism. Denialism spans the ideological spectrum, and is about tactics rather than politics or partisanship.

What brought me to the blog was this post about a huge metastudy entitled “Body-mass index and cause-specific mortality in 900 000 adults: collaborative analyses of 57 prospective studies”. This is a topic that interests me, and I’ve blogged on it before. The post points out how dangerous it is to be overweight. But it looks like being underweight is also associated with increased mortality. Read the whole thing.

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