From: Frankfurt, Germany
ORIGINAL: Erik Rutins
Oh dear, you're reading Lomborg...
Yeah, I just started his book... what's wrong with Lomborg?
I don´t know about Lomborg himself, but I have to agree with the shaky science thing.
He´s a statistician. I don´t have any prejudice against statisticians, in fact some people I respect very much are statisticians - but the art and science of statistics is very much open for abuse.
It is an open secret among those who know statistics (well, very open, but not much of a secret) that you can use statistics to "prove" essentially anything, no matter if it´s true or false.
There´s a joke I heard about statisticians that may well be spot on about Lomborg: A statistician goes hunting with his friends. When he sees a deer, he shoots at it twice; the first round goes exactly ten feet to the left of the deer, the second round exactly ten feet to the right. Afterwards, when talking about the hunt with his friends, he states that, on average, his shots hit the deer dead center.
I could also, more seriously, use statistics to "prove" to you that day-care centers cause leukemia in small children, or that our solar system doesn´t exist.