Thursday, 20 May 2010
Living in denial: Why sensible people reject the truth
A lengthy but rewarding article from The New Scientist about the emotional basis for denialism. Why do people deny climagte change? According to the author, "denial is largely a product of the way normal people think. Most denialists are simply ordinary people doing what they believe is right. If this seems discouraging, take heart. There are good reasons for thinking that denialism can be tackled by condemning it a little less and understanding it a little more." She also has some pointers for people presenting on the topic, like use anecdotes! Scientists have traditionally rejected such techniques, relying instead on statistics and accumulation of detail. However, as we have seen, one desn't persuade people with logic alone.
Posted by Guy Aron on 20.5.10