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Anonymouse

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the term "cherrypicked'
« on: April 08, 2013, 09:46:18 AM »
Has anyone else noticed that the deniers appear to be trying to appropriate the term "cherrypicked" now when they want to dispute something?  It seems to be popping up everywhere lately from those who always think science is something that can be adjudicated via popular opinion. 

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Re: the term "cherrypicked'
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2013, 10:54:06 PM »
-- "from those who always think science is something that can be adjudicated via popular opinion." --
Yes, it is very noticeable.  BUT
Be aware it's a tactic to control actions via putting doubt or a certain belief into the minds of a large percentage of a population.  Accuracy or truthfulness may not be the goal.

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Re: the term "cherrypicked'
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2013, 11:45:38 PM »
Denial isn't just a river in Greenland, it is also highly paid performance art. So with apologies to the ghosts of Gilbert & Sullivan, I submit this 21st Century rendition:

♫ A British troll is a deling pole
♫ As tarred as an Exxon bird ♫
♫ His energetic feet should be ready to repeat ♫
♫ A plutocratic word ♫
♫ His nose should run and his mouth should drool ♫
♫ His look should flame and his lips should fool ♫
♫ His guts should heave and his pen should scribe ♫
♫ And his palm be ever ready for a hand-out bribe. ♫

And here is the 24th Century version ;)

« Last Edit: April 09, 2013, 12:44:53 AM by Artful Dodger »
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Re: the term "cherrypicked'
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2013, 12:24:59 AM »
I'll follow up Lodger's wonderful poetry & humor with a few serious thoughts on "Picking Cherries."

Anyone who has ever designed tests, collected and reduced the data, analyzed the data, prepared the charts and graphs, written the reports and then prepared and presented the results understands the difficulty on deciding how to describe and present complex technical results.  In my estimation, "Cherry Picking" is a deliberate attempt to  portray data in a manner that leads the reader or audience to false conclusions (Good or Bad).

The community of "Denialists" will always call every piece of AGW/CC data "Cherry Picked" no matter how it is collected or portrayed.  If you provide them regional data, the want global data.  If you provide them global data they will accuse you of hiding regional data.  If you provide them with ten years of data they will ask for a hundred years of data.

For those who are preparing and presenting climate data all you can do is present the data in the manner that accurately and honestly portrays the message you want delivered.  The true audience is those people who are willing to learn, not the "Denialists" who will falsely find fault with every piece of data you present, no matter your credentials or personal ethics.
"Share Your Knowledge.  It's a Way to Achieve Immortality."  ......the Dalai Lama

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Re: the term "cherrypicked'
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2013, 02:00:17 AM »
Is it just me, or does Dulling pole remind you of Mr. Bean?


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Re: the term "cherrypicked'
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2013, 10:54:42 AM »
Thank you Jack Taylor for your clarification ::).  I am aware of what cherrypicking is, and it's implications, hence, the post.
AD and OL, thanks!  Never watched either movie, but the clips are funny. Don't you wish you had better "intellectual training" though?  ;)
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