Zohnerism: use of a true fact to lead an ignorant public to a false conclusion

Zohnerism: use of a true fact to lead an ignorant public to a false conclusion

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Nathan Zohner surveyed a group of fellow junior high school students about the dangers of diyhydrogen monoxide. The students overwhelmingly believed  diyhydrogen monoxide should be banned by the government.

Diyhdrogen monoxide, of course, is water.

The implications of Nathan’s research are so disturbing that I’ve decided to coin a term: “Zohnerism,” defined as the use of a true fact to lead a scientifically and mathematically ignorant public to a false conclusion.

Source: DIHYDROGEN MONOXIDE: UNRECOGNIZED KILLER – The Washington Post

Much activist and media hysteria is based on using and interpreting true facts in incorrect ways to lead ignorant targets to false conclusions.

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