Take Denialism 101

John Cook, of Skeptical Science fame, has created an online course through the University of Queensland and edX, on denialism and climate change. Easy to access and free to take, I found it simple to join from their facebook page, and if you don’t want to join you can still see the lectures from their Youtube channel.

Having gone through the materials so far I have to say Cook nails it. His graphic depicting the 5 tactics is very clear and easy to understand.

Also I think he has done a great job of making clear that the problem isn’t one of education, facts or knowledge. The problem is the way we think, and how our ideology skews what we are willing to believe, setting us up to fall for denialist arguments. That combined with the series of high-quality experts from Oreskes to Mann makes for a really excellent introduction to the problem from real experts in the field.

Comments

  1. #1 magnocrat
    England
    May 4, 2015

    I’m glad to see this conclusion. Knowledge and ability do not mean infalible judgement. Intelligence does not gaurantee fairness or justice.
    That is why the best run and freest nations are those with group leadership — western democracies.

  2. #2 kirsten burnett
    May 26, 2015

    very cool info

  3. #3 Richard Wicks
    June 1, 2015

    When are you going to allow commenting on:

    http://scienceblogs.com/denialism/2014/12/03/nyt-helps-in-typical-rape-victim-smearing

    Again?

    I mean, now that it’s been demonstrated to be a hoax, and the slanderer hasn’t faced any consequences?

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