Tag Archives: scientific illiteracy

How do people reject climate science? (Post)

[I recently added a page on this topic, under the AGW tab.  This post is to bring it to your attention.]

By John Cook, University of Queensland

In a previous article on The Conversation, Stephan Lewandowsky asked, why do people reject science? I’m going to take a slightly different angle and consider how people are able to reject climate science in the face of strong evidence.

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Greenhouse Accomplishments – Illiteracy, Myopia, Denial

The way global warming and our efforts to stop it have been discussed in this critical Parliamentary week tells a sorry tale of Australian society’s scientific illiteracy, myopia and psychological denial.

According to global warming sceptics and denialists, climate scientists are variously really stupid, prone to irrational herd behaviour, egotists pushing barrows, trying to feather their nests, or all of the above.  According to the media they are apparently nerdy pains whose gloomy message is easily trumped by serious, reality-based political dramas.  According to politicians they are another interest group to be placated.  According to the Prime Minister they are radical greens.

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