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Here's some more doomers for you; these are of a different stripe.
The United States has failed to take action to mitigate climate change thanks in part to the large number of religious Americans who believe the world has a set expiration date.
Research by David C. Barker of the University of Pittsburgh and David H. Bearce of the University of Colorado uncovered that belief in the biblical end-times was a motivating factor behind resistance to curbing climate change.
[T]he fact that such an overwhelming percentage of Republican citizens profess a belief in the Second Coming (76 percent in 2006, according to our sample) suggests that governmental attempts to curb greenhouse emissions would encounter stiff resistance even if every Democrat in the country wanted to curb them, Barker and Bearce wrote in their study, which will be published in the June issue of Political Science Quarterly.
The study, based on data from the 2007 Cooperative Congressional Election Study, uncovered that belief in the Second Coming of Jesus reduced the probability of strongly supporting government action on climate change by 12 percent when controlling for a number of demographic and cultural factors. When the effects of party affiliation, political ideology, and media distrust were removed from the analysis, the belief in the Second Coming increased this effect by almost 20 percent.
[I]t stands to reason that most nonbelievers would support preserving the Earth for future generations, but that end-times believers would rationally perceive such efforts to be ultimately futile, and hence ill-advised, Barker and Bearce explained.
After it was found that Kiederik Stapel was a fraud, three panels did further investigations and found this:
Not infrequently reviews were strongly in favour of telling an interesting, elegant, concise and compelling story, possibly at the expense of the necessary scientific diligence.
A byproduct of the Committees inquiries is the conclusion that, far more than was originally assumed, there are certain aspects of the discipline itself that should be deemed undesirable or even incorrect from the perspective of academic standards and scientific integrity.
Last year the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science had a special issue on the fields crisis of confidence. Its focus was the key issue of replicability. John P.A. Ioannidis, of Stanford University, points out that the authority of science depends upon its ability to self-correct errors. But as the Levelt report revealed, reproducing the results of other researchers is uncommon. Researchers are far more interested in startling new results because these will attract more funding. It is the curse of neophilia.The self-correcting paradigm seems to be very uncommon, Ioannidis writes.
I see a train wreck looming, wrote Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman, a psychologist, in an open email to colleagues who work in social priming, one of Stapels areas:your field is now the poster child for doubts about the integrity of psychological research.