and Scientific American have criticized Cato's work on global warming.   A December 2003 Cato panel included Patrick Michaels , Robert Balling and John Christy . [ citation needed ] Michaels, Balling and Christy agreed that global warming is related at least some degree to human activity but that some scientists and the media have overstated the danger. [ citation needed ] The Cato Institute has also criticized political attempts to stop global warming as expensive and ineffective:
Thomas Mayer has argued that, because praxeology rejects positivism and empiricism in the development of theories , it constitutes nothing less than a rejection of the scientific method . For Mayer, this invalidates the methodologies of the Austrian school of economics .   Austrians argue that that empirical data itself is insufficient to describe economics; that consequently empirical data cannot falsify economic theory; that logical positivism cannot predict or explain human action; and that the methodological requirements of logical positivism are impossible to obtain for economic questions.   Ludwig von Mises in particular argued against empiricist approaches to the social sciences in general, because human events are unique and "unrepeatable," whereas scientific experiments are necessarily reducible.