19 July 2008
Not into conspiracies but....
CBS appears to have posted to its website a story about how global warming may be causing an increase of earthquake activity.
They withdrew it from their site a day later. Okay ... these things happen. Somebody screwed up, you discover it, you correct.
That's not the interesting part. The original story was attributed not to the TV network's own staff, but to the Associated Press.
AP says they had nothing to do with it. Indeed, there seems to be evidence to back up the AP on that point. If it were AP it would have appeared, automatically, in lots of places other than CBS' website.
For the record, there is no reason to believe that global warming increases earthquake activity, or indeed that recent decades have seen an increase in such activity for any reason.
Knowledge is warranted belief -- it is the body of belief that we build up because, while living in this world, we've developed good reasons for believing it. What we know, then, is what works -- and it is, necessarily, what has worked for us, each of us individually, as a first approximation. For my other blog, on the struggles for control in the corporate suites, see www.proxypartisans.blogspot.com.