Fog displacement

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Fog displacement is an intellectual operation violating the principle of scientific explanation. A typical example is Francis Crick’s suggestion that life did not originate on earth at all, but was sent here from outer space.[1] Answer, a fortiori in scientific discourse, should be formulated in a way that avoids dodging the question[2] otherwise breaking this rule can be classified as manipulation.

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  1. David Berlinski (2009). "The End of Materialist Science", The Deniable Darwin. Seattle, USA: Discovery Institute Press, 162. ISBN 978-0-9790141-2-3. “It is this image that, no doubt, accounted for Francis Crick’s suggestion that life did not originate on earth at all, but was sent here from outer space, a wonderful example of an intellectual operation known as fog displacement.” 
  2. Wilhelm Busch (2006 (Special Edition)). Jesus unser Schicksal (Jesus our destiny) (in German). Aussaat, 25. ISBN 3-7615-5494-X. “Verstehen sie: Die eigentliche Frage war damit nicht beantwortet. Sie war lediglich zurückgeshoben. Da habe ich ihnen gesagt: «Liebe Leute, Sie dürfte nicht solche Antworte geben, womit die Frage nur zurückgestellt, zurückgeshoben wird!»” 
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