What a Claim Sounds Like vs. What It Is
It's common for people to make a claim, and back it up with evidence, that sounds like something else with much less evidence. For example:
- For example, that claim that loose gun laws are correlated with “gun-related deaths“ sounds like a claim that loose gun laws are correlated with gun crime but also it includes suicides by gun.
- There's reason to believe social conservatism is correlated with “teenage pregnancy.” This might refer to unwed 13-year-olds but it also includes married 19-year-olds.
- “Renewable-energy capacity” is growing rapidly. That's the peak generation when the sun is shining and the wind is blowing at the right speed. The actual energy generated is much less.
- “Climate change” might refer to global warming … or global cooling … or droughts … or floods or …