Nobel Prize Winners
Republicus has rebutted such qualifications by pointing out that recipients of the Nobel do not always reflect the imagined characters of who we think would be worthy of receiving such a prestigious award, e.g. people of intellectual objectivity and character integrity, i.e. people who make other people proud to be people.
Case in point: PLO Terrorist and Infitada-instigator Yasser Arafat was a Nobel Peace Prize Winner.
Well, you say, that's the fault of the committee which decided to award him.
Yes. And, obviously, political considerations are factored in to the equation which determines the resulting winner.
So Neologizer's attempts to strengthen his argument (that is the arguments of his Global Warming gurus) by constantly waving the Nobel Prize over it as some secular sort of Divine Infallibility is what is known as an illegitimate appeal to authority, i.e. fallacious reasoning.
A story today makes my point well. Behold the "apolitical" and "peaceful" mettle of another recipient of the Nobel Prize for Peace winner:
07:31 AM CDT on Friday, July 13, 2007
By JAMES HOHMANN / The Dallas Morning News
Nobel Peace Prize winner Betty Williams apologized Thursday for saying she could kill President Bush, remarks that drew scorn from Bush loyalists and shook up the International Women's Peace Conference in Dallas.
"My feelings now and again get way ahead of me," Ms. Williams said. "I couldn't kill anybody, but I must confess that I'm extremely angry with the Bush administration and what they have done. To say that was wrong."
Note: "My feelings now and again get way ahead of me."
Indeed. And receiving a Nobel does not make them right.