Misunderstanding the scientific method: Climate change special

From Peter Ellerton at RealClearScience:

Claims that the “the science isn’t settled” with regard to climate change are symptomatic of a large body of ignorance about how science works.

So what is the scientific method, and why do so many people, sometimes including those trained in science, get it so wrong?

The first thing to understand is that there is no one method in science, no one way of doing things. This is intimately connected with how we reason in general. More.

Ellerton writes an average good article on the scientific method but it has almost no relationship to why people doubt the human-caused global warming a-crock-a-lypse.

Most doubters suspect that marketing doomsday is a means of raising taxes and prices and passing new laws, all of which are a business area for any number of globally active lobbies.

More, most doubters are not actually seeing the change happen.

It’s not so much that people doubt the scientific method as they doubt whether science is at the bottom of it at all.

See also: There is no scientific method. (New York Times)

Yes! Forbes says there IS a scientific method

and

Climate Alarmists are Really the Ones in Denial About Climate Change (Barry Arrington)

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