Tagged: denial

Empathy for colleagues - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Sep 15, 2011

The Australian astrophysicist Mathew Bailes recently got international recognition for his part in the discovery of an exoplanet which could be made of diamond. As he says: “Following the publication of our finding in the journal Science, our research received … Continue reading → … Read More

Jolting Contrasts - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Sep 12, 2011

I read this morning yet another dismal report on the extraordinary lengths to which Republican politicians hopeful of nomination as presidential candidate in America are going in their denial of climate change. Then I watched an excellent PBS television interview with a couple of intelligent and knowledgeable American scientists which regular Hot Topic commenter Bill [...] … Read More

The Inquisition of Climate Science - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Sep 05, 2011

“…in the denial of global warming, we are witnessing the most vicious, and so far most successful, attack on science in history.” Those strong words are from James Lawrence Powell in his recent book The Inquisition of Climate Science. The book chronicles the campaign of denial which has resulted in the widespread failure of public [...] … Read More

Monckton messes own nest - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Aug 03, 2011

Ever get the impression the Christopher Monckton may have reached his use-by date? Maybe even well past it? Looks like this might be the case as the climate change denier/sceptic/contrarian groups trying to organise a programme for him in New … Continue reading → … Read More

Exposing the pretense of Christian unity - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Apr 29, 2011

Thanks to:  Nathan Lee I sometimes think that moderate Christians are afraid to criticise their more extreme brethren. How many, for example, will openly criticise the large minority of Christians whe oppose evolutionary science. In New Zealand I estimate that … Continue reading → … Read More

Climate Change Denial: Heads in the Sand - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Apr 28, 2011

John Cook’s website Skeptical Science is held in high regard for its patient examination of the arguments put up by climate change deniers and its marshalling of the answers mainstream climate science provides. The result is quietly devastating as the scientific inadequacy of the deniers’ arguments becomes apparent. Cook has now collaborated with environmental scientist [...] … Read More

Return of the Climate Cluelessâ„¢: there’s none so blind… - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Apr 17, 2011

Sir Peter Gluckman, scientific adviser to NZ prime minister John Key, recently published a discussion paper entitled Towards better use of evidence in policy formation (pdf). It’s an interesting read for anyone who has ever noted the sometimes large discrepancy between political dogma and policy outcomes. Sciblogger Peter Griffin went so far as to describe [...] … Read More

Why dealing with climate change is difficult (spinach tarts and ice cream) - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jan 20, 2011

Let’s be clear about this: the failure to take adequate action to reduce emissions is not because of any weakness in our understanding of the science of climate. It has its roots instead in human psychology and sociology, as George Marshall explains in this series of three videos — The Ingenious Ways We Avoid Believing [...] … Read More