Understanding the Denialist Style of Argument
Normally I don’t spend my time on denialist web sites, but I saw an article about how the American Meteorological Society was going liberal because they were paying attention to the scientific method and what the findings were in climate science.
One of the key components I noticed in the denialist style is argumentum ab auctoritate. When I asked one poster to back up what she was saying with peer reviewed science from a reputable source, she referred me to a blog post by a guy that said he was a scientist, but the claims he made were not based in the scientific method. All his links to substantiate what he was saying referred to other things he said on his own web site (self-references = argumentum ab auctoritate). At the bottom of his web page he had real citations from real science papers, but in the article above, he did not use that material in citation fashion, indicating that he just stuck a bunch of science links on the bottom of his page so that it looked like he was referencing them.
[Note: When I was responging in this thread I typed fast and did not check my spelling and grammar. I have done some corrections to improve readability. If you want to know how bad my fast typing is, feel free to review the original posts.]