The art of pseudo-science in politics

This sums up how many articles and books cloak nonsense claims in a thin skin of scientific respectability:

Inconvenient Facts claims, over and over, to be based in science and emphasizes the importance of the scientific method; however, the author does not, himself, use the scientific method in his own analysis. There are no references to any peer-reviewed journal articles by Wrightstone himself. Many of his “inconvenient facts” are non-controversial statements. In fact, most of them are actually true. It’s the conclusions that he draws from the “facts” that are not supported by peer-reviewed journal papers — they’re just his own misleading opinions.

Opinion is not expertise. And opinion can be wrong.

Adam Tinworth @adders