Joined: Feb. 2006
Principle #9: Check if the author deliberately misrepresents others' views.
Caroline Crocker, paraphrasing Brian Alters to illustrate Principle #6 (emphasis in original):
|Only 50% of the American public "believe" in evolution. Could only be for one of three reasons. 1) Scientific illiteracy, 2) Religious illiteracy, or 3) The activity of the "large...powerful...very effective" anti-evolution industry. Brian Alters, Chapman U, http://sciencedude.ocregister.com/2010.......10....2|
What the article actually said (emphasis added):
|Alters gave three main reasons for widespread misconceptions about evolution in the United States.|
(Also, Principle #10: Beware the ellipses!)