Changing Minds on Climate Change

Sunday, September 8, 2019

What is it

There is consensus among scientists that global warming is real and that it’s caused by human activity. Despite the overwhelming evidence and the urgency to act, there are still many who are skeptical of or flat-out deny climate change. Are these climate deniers simply impervious to scientific evidence? Or have they just not been exposed to the right kind of information? When it comes to ideologically driven views, is it possible to change people’s minds by appeal to facts? Or are humans hopelessly and incorrigibly irrational? The Philosophers don't deny talking to cognitive scientist Michael Ranney, head of the Reasoning Research Group at UC Berkeley.

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Harold G. Neuman

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 -- 8:09 AM

Psst: The climate IS changing

Psst: The climate IS changing---believe it, or not...

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HowGlobalWarmin...

Sunday, September 8, 2019 -- 8:26 AM

This site quickly explains

This site quickly explains the mechanism of global warming and offers compelling evidence of its existence: http://www.HowGlobalWarmingWorks.org

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davidschwan

Monday, September 9, 2019 -- 10:38 AM

One caller mentioned that

One caller mentioned that when they hear that climate change involves only several degrees of temperature rise they shrugged it off. In the US this might be more the norm. If we are going to talk about temperature rise in the US we should probably switch from C to F.

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RepoMan05

Friday, September 27, 2019 -- 2:11 PM

Why not stop calling it

Why not stop calling it climate change? Why not just call it polution? Why forsake a perfectly defendable stance and instead use a indefensible happenstance as your cause?

You do know what being "set up" is, dont you?

Know what, forget all that. Lets go back to the dixiecrat's "carbon footprint" story. Is that a great idea or what!!!

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RepoMan05

Thursday, October 3, 2019 -- 6:18 PM

I used to be intransigent to

I used to be an intransigent for climate change proponents until i saw children were subject to an experiment done in public schools.

The experiment, fill two bottles with different gases. Air, and methane.

Present both bottles to the same radiant light sorce, measure the speed the bottles heat up.

The methane heats in fractions of the time the other one heats.

Conclusion: global warming is real!

Wrong. The experiment proved the opposite. The class it was done for, had many more years before it had the opportunity to take chemistry 101.

Yes, the methane heats faster. It needs much less heat to raise a single degree. But you know what that means, dont you? The methane holds less heat. It cools off at a faster rate also.

The experiment never showed actual conditions or the rate the methane cooled. It was as if to say that global warming was taking your bed sheets, replacing them with sheet metal, and saying it keeps you warmer at night.

When i saw how this experiment was conducted and who it was presented to, i knew what the problem was. Authoritarianism.

Anyone that teaches children to be dumber than they were born to be is an ideology driven theist.

You want to teach children the dangers of pollution, great. But climatologists are a type of theist i like even less than pederastic romans and other types of catholics.

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Manu Oquendo

Monday, November 4, 2019 -- 5:10 AM

Antropogenic CO2 warming or

Antropogenic CO2 warming or "climate change" is not substantiated –scientifically-- as a relevant force with the capacity to really influence weather patterns and changes.. Many of the links supplied in the supporting materials in this post and comments omit very basic and well known facts. For instance: where is water vapor which constitutes 95% of Greenhouse effect gases while human CO2 is just about 1% of total? Where is the Sun and axis tilts as, --by a factor of 100--, the principal engines governing Earth's climate variations through the ages? Nowhere. Where are the statisticians that dare to forecast anything when factors like those are omitted?

Both the Chinese and Russian Academies of Science disagree and I do not really know of any strictly scientific personality specialized in this field that goes along with this western Social Power induced trend. Years ago the Indian Government created its own Scientific Panel to monitor their climate evolution out of distrust with the United Nations organizations living and growing in power thanks to their jumping on the band wagon on issues like this one.
It is true that a large number of political and bureaucratic personalities are making a good living out of it but independent climate experts are not among them.
A small sample of contrarian positions.
Princeton's William Happer rebuts myth of carbon pollution
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8iEEO2UIbA
Alan Savory on the blunders of desertification.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpTHi7O66pI
Greenpeace founder Dr. Patrick Moore on Climate Change and Carbon Dioxide.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWahKIG4BE4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjlmFr4FMvI&t=220s
Artic Refuses to melt
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwUhJaQVi-M

However, it is true that issues like this, treated in the populist manner prevailing in the West today are a fantastic lever to manipulate public opinion and force people to obey --globally-- in a manner which represents a drastic departure from the Philosophical and Scientific tradition of our culture.
Best rgds and thanks for the opportunity

 
 

Michael Ranney, Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education

 
 
 

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