Agree, caveman, very interesting study. On an open forum, though, there are reasons to challenge deniers:A study described at http://scienceblogs.com/denialism/2013/02/26/...
Facts to denialists are like throwing gas on a fire; they use them to build more denialism.
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Concerning climate denial, a case in point is the response to events surrounding the illegal hacking of personal emails by climate scientists, mainly at the University of East Anglia, in 2009. Selected content of those emails was used to support the theory that climate scientists conspired to conceal evidence against climate change or manipulated the data (see, e.g., Montford, 2010; Sussman, 2010). After the scientists in question were exonerated by 9 investigations in 2 countries, including various parliamentary and government committees in the U.S. and U. K., those exonerations were re-branded as a whitewash”(see, e.g., U.S. Representative Rohrabacher’s speech in Congress on 8 December 2011), thereby broadening the presumed involvement of people and institutions in the alleged conspiracy.
...the authors discuss implications for science communication, and, unlike most people, I think they actually understand the problem. That is, you can’t fix this problem with more communication, and more data. The nature of the conspiracy theorist is that all additional data and all contradictory data will only be used to demonstrate further evidence of conspiracy, that the conspiracy is even larger, or that the data are fraudulent. The “self-sealing” nature of the conspiracy theory, as the authors describe it, makes it fundamentally immune to penetration by logic, reason, or additional information.
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Very interesting read.
The implication is that deniers are very frightened people; afraid of the threat to their lifestyle, their job, their SUV and Ski-Doo; scared of change, scared of the new and the unknown.
1. There are always lurkers, some of whom will have open minds. They may appreciate solid reasoning & links.
2. Climate is such a planetary emergency that we may have to force some deniers into action. If we wait for current deniers to die off & be replaced by children who've been exposed to climate science from a young age, it may be too late. By then we may have already passed tipping points.
We may have already guaranteed partial collapse of ice sheets & corresponding sea level rise of 12-15 meters or more. The droughts may collapse agriculture long before that happens.