97%?

In case you thought the fabled “97% of scientists agree on man-made climate change” was a little too ridiculous to be true, it is.  Here’s where the number comes from (courtesy of Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert):

I started with a quote from this article by Lawrence Solomon. He says…

“…a much heralded claim that 97 per cent of scientists believed the planet was overheating came from a 2008 master’s thesis by a student at the University of Illinois who obtained her results by conducting a survey of 10,257 earth scientists, then discarding the views of all but 77 of them. Of those 77 scientists, 75 thought humans contributed to climate change.  The ratio 75/77 produced the 97-per-cent figure that global warming activists then touted.”

(http://blog.dilbert.com/post/157498251636/de-hypnotizing-a-climate-science-zombie)

Adams is a master of persuasion and persuasive tactics.  Right now he claims to be on the fence about whether “climate change” is a thing but he sounds a lot like a skeptic when you read between the lines (although anyone who even questions the cult of Gaia is regarded as a heretic, so he’s not saving himself any criticism).  I’m gonna chalk that up to some form of three-dimensional persuasive chess he’s playing because he seems to know what he’s doing, and the more people he is able to un-brainwash the better.

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