Experts and Cultural Cognition

Dan Kahan's blog at the Cultural Cognition Project makes some conjectures about whether experts think in similar ways to non-experts. Specifically he wonders whether experts exhibit the kinds of cultural biases already demonstrated by non-experts. Do experts use cultural cognition? My observation is that there would need to be care taken to avoid something like … Continue reading Experts and Cultural Cognition

Making up the facts about climate change?

Upton Sinclair said “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” Let's just try to understand a fairly straightforward question. I don't mean straightforward as in 'easy to determine' , but as in 'you'd think it might have a definite, clear answer'. Here it … Continue reading Making up the facts about climate change?

Still arguing about the facts on climate change?

Geologist Ian Plimer, who has written a book opposing the idea of human-made climate change, has backed out of a debate on the science with journalist George Monbiot. But wait a minute. Actually, journalist George Monbiot, who has written a book supporting the idea of human-made climate change, has backed out of a debate on … Continue reading Still arguing about the facts on climate change?

Climate Change: is it a new religion?

The Murdoch rearguard action against climate change science just won’t die, although these days it tends to be confined to the opinion section of the newspapers, rather than counting as ‘news’. In today’s Sydney Telegraph, columnist Piers Ackerman gives another outing to his argument that climate change is natural (and, since you ask, probably isn’t … Continue reading Climate Change: is it a new religion?