September 25, 2016

“The Alice in Wonderland mechanics of the rejection of (climate) science: simulating coherence by conspiracism.”

guardian: Why Alice? Because, as the White Queen admitted: “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” by Graham Readfearn

'The three authors, including Dr John Cook, of the University of Queensland, look at both rhetorical and scientific arguments put by deniers.

'One example is the popular theme that casts “sceptics” as “dissenting heroes” who bravely oppose “political persecution and fraud”. You know, like modern-day Galileos.

'But the authors write that deniers will also try and convince the public that there is no consensus among scientists about the causes of climate change (there is and it’s us).'

“The 'Alice in Wonderland' mechanics of the rejection of (climate) science: simulating coherence by conspiracism.” by Stephan Lewandowsky, John Cook, and Elisabeth Lloyd here

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