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Leading Voices in the Denier Choir: Conservative Columnists’ Dismissal of Global Warming and Denigration of Climate Science
"The conservative “echo chamber” is a crucial element of the climate change denial machine. Although social scientists have begun to examine the role of conservative media in the denial campaign, this article reports the first examination of conservative newspaper columnists. Syndicated columnists are very influential because they reach a large audience. We analyze 203 opinion editorials (“op-eds”) written by 80 different columnists published from 2007 to 2010, a period that saw a number of crucial events and policy proposals regarding climate change. We focus on the key topics the columnists address and the skeptical arguments they employ. The overall results reveal a highly dismissive view of climate change and critical stance toward climate science among these influential conservative pundits. They play a crucial role in amplifying the denial machine’s messages to a broad segment of the American public."
science  climate-change  global-warming  rhetoric  denial  conservatism  content-analysis 
april 2013 by tsuomela
Extra! Get yer “Science Writing in the Age of Denial” conference recaps here! |
This week about 200 science writers gathered in my hometown of Madison, Wisconsin for a conference on Science Writing in the Age of Denial, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with support from the National Association of Science Writers.
conference  reports  science  sts  denial  climate-change 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Irresponsible Skepticism: Lessons Learned From the Climate Disinformation Campaign - Climate Ethics
"This is the fourth and last entry in a series that has examined the climate change disinformation campaign as an ethical matter. The purpose of this series has been to distinguish between responsible scientific skepticism, an approach to climate change science that should be encouraged, and the tactics of the climate change disinformation campaign, strategies deployed to undermine mainstream climate change science that are often deeply ethically offensive. "
climate-change  climate  science  denial  ethics  skepticism  disinformation  agnotology  ignorance  propaganda 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Contrary Brin: Take the Wager Challenge...and help push back Culture War
"I have found that no amount of facts or evidence will shift an “ostrich” republican back to the old ways of Goldwater and Buckley, in pre-Fox days, when conservatism respected knowledge and facts. Back when the average education level of republicans was higher than democrats, when 40% of scientists were in the GOP, instead of less than 5% today. When knowledge and intellect weren't the openly declared enemy.

Nevertheless, I found a bullet! When faced with absolute denial and perfect assertion-addiction, one thing cracks the turtle shell. Demanding a wager!"
denial  republicans  conservatism  betting  wager  motivated-cognition 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Climate change becomes a flash point in science education -
"Some states have introduced education standards requiring teachers to defend the denial of man-made global warming. A national watchdog group says it will start monitoring classrooms."
climate  climate-change  science  denial  education  teaching  evolution  controversy 
january 2012 by tsuomela
Contrary Brin: Arguing With Your Crazy Uncle About Climate Change
"Forget "left-versus-right." Or even arguments over taxes. The centerpiece of our current Phase Three of the American Civil War is the all-out campaign to discredit science."
politics  anti-science  science  denial  conservatism  climate-change  climate  global-warming  environment  ideology 
october 2011 by tsuomela
The Second Denial « how to save the world
"Only when a significant proportion of our species moves past the Second Denial can we start working on mitigating and resilience actions that will actually help those facing the crises of civilization’s collapse. Only when we give up our “we can control this” mentality, and our magical thinking dreams and schemes — belief in and wasted effort on global consciousness raising, spontaneous voluntary massive change, technological cures, gentle transition programs, wishful incremental-change-is-enough (if we all do it) thinking, individual preparedness plans, social/economic reinvention and “innovating our way forward” projects — will we be able to face the stark reality of what our children and grandchildren are going to face because of our stupidity, and get to work on actions to mitigate its worst effects and develop the capacities we and they will need to cope with cascading crises as they unfold."
environment  catastrophe  denial  tragedy  pessimism  global-warming 
july 2011 by tsuomela
Science scorned : Nature : Nature Publishing Group
"There is a growing anti-science streak on the American right that could have tangible societal and political impacts on many fronts — including regulation of environmental and other issues and stem-cell research. "
science  denial  american  politics  republican 
march 2011 by tsuomela
The right’s climate denialism is part of something much larger | Grist
The decline in trust in institutions has generated fear and uncertainty, to which people generally respond by placing their trust in protective authorities. And some subset of people respond with tribalism, nationalism, and xenophobia. The right stokes and exploits modern anxiety relentlessly, but that's not all they do. They also offer a space to huddle in safety among the like-minded. The conservative movement in America has created a self-contained, hermetically sealed epistemological reality -- a closed-loop system of cable news, talk radio, and email forwards -- designed not just as a source of alternative facts but as an identity. That's why when you question climate skepticism you catch hell. You're messing with who people are.
identity  psychology  politics  conservatism  climate  global-warming  denial 
september 2010 by tsuomela
Manufactured Ignorance » American Scientist
There are other books treating the history of manufactured ignorance: Think of David Michaels’s Doubt Is Their Product (2008), Ross Gelbspan’s The Heat Is On (1997), James Hoggan’s Climate Cover-Up (2009), Chris Mooney’s The Republican War on Science (2009), David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz’s Deceit and Denial (2002), my own book Cancer Wars (1995), and a book I coedited with Londa Schiebinger—Agnotology: The Making and Unmaking of Ignorance (2008). But Oreskes and Conway’s book is the most powerful exploration to date of how climate-change denialists managed to infiltrate high ranks of the Republican establishment and to block the translation of scientific facts into intelligent action.
book  review  ignorance  agnotology  opinion  propaganda  denial  climate  global-warming  history  conservative  environment 
august 2010 by tsuomela
BBC News - MMR doctor struck from register
The doctor who first suggested a link between MMR vaccinations and autism is to be struck off the medical register.
medicine  science  vaccination  sts  ethics  autism  research  denial  fraud 
may 2010 by tsuomela
Science Warriors' Ego Trips - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Critical review of science boosterism "..the latest of a now common genre of science patriotism, Nonsense on Stilts: How to Tell Science From Bunk (University of Chicago Press), by Massimo Pigliucci"
book  review  science  skepticism  attitude  denial  scientism 
april 2010 by tsuomela
Jim Hoggan | Greenpeace Releases 20-Year History of Climate Denial Industry
In the report, titled "Dealing in Doubt: The Climate Denial Industry and Climate Science," Greenpeace provides a brief history of the attacks waged by polluting industries against climate science, the IPCC and individual scientists.
environment  climate  global-warming  denial  propaganda 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Edge: FOUR SIDES TO EVERY STORY by Stewart Brand
The calamatists and denialists are primarily political figures, with firm ideological loyalties, whereas the warners and skeptics are primarily scientists, guided by ever-changing evidence. That distinction between ideology and science not only helps clarify the strengths and weaknesses of the four stances, it can also be used to predict how they might respond to future climate developments.
climate  psychology  denial  global-warming  ideology  bias 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Addiction In The Heartland - The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan
The core element of Christianism and Islamism is denial: denial of a diverse world, denial of history, denial of science, denial of secular authority in favor of an ever-more rigid ideology, conveyed directly into the bloodstream through the web or FNC or other propaganda outlets.
denial  politics  religion  christian  conservatism  evangelical 
january 2010 by tsuomela
Skeptical Environmentalist: Case Study in the Manufacture of News (Science and the Media)
By now, most are familiar with the controversy surrounding Danish political scientist Bjorn Lomborg and the claims made in his book The Skeptical Environmentalist.
environment  skepticism  global-warming  denial  controversy  people-bjornlomborg 
december 2008 by tsuomela » This Is What Denial Does
The two crises have the same cause. In both cases, those who exploit the resource have demanded impossible rates of return and invoked debts that can never be repaid. In both cases we denied the likely consequences. I used to believe that collective denial was peculiar to climate change. Now I know that it’s the first response to every impending dislocation.
environment  economics  crisis  denial 
october 2008 by tsuomela

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