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Watts Up With Climate Skeptics and Disconfirmation Bias?

The IntersectionBy Chris MooneyJul 13, 2011 3:22 PM

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So, Anthony Watts has been posting critiques of me for some time now...I finally gave in and sent one back. It's at DeSmogBlog. It starts like this:

Recently, I’ve become aware that the prominent climate science skeptic blogger Anthony Watts has been challenging a number of my posts. Maybe it's because in my most recent book Unscientific America, I made a big deal about a site that attacks climate science, like his, winning a “Best Science Blog” award. Anyways, Watts has gotten me back. Based upon my photo, he has taken to calling me a “kid blogger” (see here and here). And it's true: I’m 33, obviously too young to be fooling around on the Internet. The attention is flattering—but I've also grown intrigued by what happens on Watts’ blog when he criticizes something or someone and his many commenters then follow suit. Because it does indeed show what a dangerous place the Internet is for kids like me...

Anyway, the response to this one should be fun. I end the post like this:

But hey, go easy on me...I'm just a kid, after all.

You can read the full post here, and Watts' posts calling me a "kid" here and here.

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