|2011-08-16 04:34:47||The Science of Why We Don't Believe Science -- Chris Mooney -- Mother Jones|
The Science of Why We Don't Believe Science
How our brains fool us on climate, creationism, and the vaccine-autism link.
May/June 2011 Issue Mother Jones|
To access this in-depth and informative article, click here.
The take-away core of the article is its final paragraph:
I think we need to take home a different message. I am not going to change my politics and values, or pretend to, in order to convince climate change deniers. Indeed, I think any attempt to do so would simply back fire in that my insincerity would surely be detected. And while I can agree that the measage that global warming is real, anthropogenic and very dangerous will be far more persuasive to Republicans coming from Inhofe than from me, I'll not hold my breath. However, there is one relevant aspect of the message we can control and legitimately push. From the article (second last paragraph):
If this is correct, pushing technological solutions to climate change may well increase acceptance of the basic science. Instead of saying how much we are going to have to wind back western consumerism (which is in doubt in any event) and cut back on energy usage, we should be presenting the technology of new generation methods up front. Hit them with the appeal of good old "know how".
Another point of view: If you don't present someone with a way out, the only way they hear your warning is as a counsel of despair. Conservatives are constitutionally more optimistic than liberals, so they are less likely to find such a message acceptable.