The Doubt Machine

May 20, 2010

A couple days ago, I blogged about the new study connecting processed meats to heart disease and diabetes. I mentioned the pork industry representative who tried to downplay the findings by suggesting there was still room for doubt.

Of course, there’s almost always room for doubt. But there’s a vast difference between advancing doubt based on good-faith scientific skepticism, and being an industry dickhead spreading doubt simply to confuse people. With that in mind, New Scientist just published an article about how a variety of industries systematically spread doubt in order to bewilder the public over relatively clear-cut issues.

This is an important piece which will better equip you to deal with one of the meat industry’s main talking points. (Thanks, Matthew.) Link.

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