Climate change and conspiracy theories - Lewandowsky

keefe

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I just found this interesting interview with Stephan Lewandowsky, for anyone with a spare 43 minutes.

Here's a few quotes from the transcript

 
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Santa's sidekick

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Is this surprising? I suspect there's a fundamental epistemological difference between most CTers and most non-CTers. CTers see mainstream institutions and VIPs (e.g. the government, universities, large media providers, corporations, etc) as inherently untrustworthy and even 'sinister until proven innocent' and routinely extrapolate extraordinary 'truths' (as they see it) from minor incongruities while non-CTers generally have a very different approach. So I'd expect CTers to be generally more doubtful of science than non-CTers.
 

keefe

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no, not surprising, but there are some insights there into why CTers become so fixed in their viewpoint and seem to have great difficulty accepting any information the conflicts with their theory - for example, aside from the science of how and why contrails persist there is so much evidence on this site of things on the CT websites that are quite simply wrong - like the photos of tanks on planes, the evergreen fire fighting plane, the tanker enemy video, WW2 film etc ...- but the hardened CTers can't seem to stand back and look at this evidence impartially because the whole theory is part of their world view - if you try to take that away it creates a hole in their cognitive processes and so that is quite threatening to their whole way of thinking
 

keefe

Active Member
A bit more about that here
 
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