I'd like to add some nuance to the "innocent until proven guilty" assumption in the concluding remarks.Standard of evidence is a major question in legal matters and heavily context-dependent. "Innocent until proven guilty" is a popular understanding of the standard for criminal guilt and it makes sense for that to be "beyond a reasonable doubt" because the question at hand is whether a state founded on principles of liberty should take away the freedom of one of its citizens. Other legal disputes, such as in civil liability, have different stan... (read more)
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#7: (Scientific) Doomsday Track Records Aren't That BadHistorically, the vast majority of doomsday claims are based on religious beliefs, whereas only a small minority have been supported by a large fraction of relevant subject matter experts. If we consider only the latter, we find:A) Malthusian crisis: false...but not really a doomsday prediction per se.B) Hole in the ozone layer: true, but averted because of global cooperation in response to early warnings.C) Climate change: probably true if we did absolutely nothing; probably mostly averted becau... (read more)