Thanks Jim, I appreciate your contribution in the face of your own “externalities” 😃
I knew going in it would be swampy, but given how similarly “scientific” POVs are seeping in to public opinion and policy debates in areas like climate change, I wanted to take a look for myself. The end result of works like this is now folks can say the “science” on the matter is at least inconclusive or even settled. And this in a time where the USA Department of Education is working on the same agenda.
For all that, it does truly seem a waste of time to argue against these works at face value. My thinking is the place to put our energy is in empowering our rhetoric to enter public thinking even more effectively than it does now. After all, that’s what they are doing too.