John Abraham, of St. Thomas University, and I have a running conversation about climate change ... the science, communication about the science, the politics, etc. ... and we are going to package this conversation in a one hour session at FTBConscience, an on line conference, Saturday Morning at 9:00, July 20th.
Join us as we discuss the latest news and events related to climate change, such as what is happening in the Arctic, deep in the Oceans, with the Jet Stream and weather extremes, some recent research on glacial melting and sea level rise, and so on.
And, we'll also talk about science denialism and the latest trends in anti-science pseudo-skepticism.
There will be a chat room so you can toss us questions. See you there!
The only question that really matters: how do we beat the deniers? Maybe more specifically, how do realists defeat the deniers' money?
@Eric Ferguson maybe by becoming more aggressive and asking the public why they want to listen to someone who doesn't want your kids/grandkids etc to have a life. Paint them as traitors to humanity and completely unamerican (or whatever country you are in) - i.o.w. turn their tactics back on them. The general public does not feed off of rationalism (unfortunately) and unless something drastic happens soon the deniers will go on winning the minds of the unwashed masses until it is too late to rein climate change in. Then there will be bloodshed in the streets when it finally sinks in.
Doug Alder: You could start by not calling them "unwashed masses". Treat them as better than their brainwashers, and they will be more likely to make the effort.
Susan, I think Doug was being ironic.
I don't think that kind of irony is helpful. We're not going to make major changes without including a whole lot more people. I had more thoughts on this, but the internet is a public place and that statement is easily misunderstood. However, I probably should just not have bothered ...