"It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." Richard P. Feynman

Friday, November 19, 2010

More Psychobabble About Why Skeptics reject Alarmist Ideology.

Revkin reports on another attempt to ascertain what is mentally wrong with those who refuse to accept a failed theory based on faulty data . He arrogantly assumes that those who disagree with him have some sort of mental inadequacy which he does not suffer from, along with his left-wing, more intelligent-than-us , friends  . 

The research, by Matthew Feinberg and Robb Willer, reinforces the case that a large part of the climate challenge is not out in the world of eroding glaciers and  limited energy choices, but inside the human mind.
There’s the “ finite pool of worry” ( Did we pay the rent this month?). There’s “single action bias” ( I changed bulbs; all set.) There are powerful internal filters ( dare I say blinders?) that shape how different people see the same body of information.
Of course skeptics include dimwits like Freeman Dyson or Richard Lindzen  and I guess that I for one am proud to wear the same blinders that they do.

1 comment:

  1. Well, there are many links between the bogus science of global warming and the bogus science of psychology.

    Both of these cons depend on weasel words, appeal to authority, misleading statistics and plain simple bluff. And both make ad hominem attacks on their critics.

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