Here at Cliscep we’re suffering from battle fatigue following a long and tedious failure to start a discussion at Lewandowsky’s latest oeuvre. (More on that in a later post). Meanwhile, over at the Australian version of the Conversation, John Cook was launching a counterattack.
Luckily Brad was on hand, and in a brilliant move, assumed the identity of no less than five sock puppets, imitating to perfection the tone of the looniest consensualist groupies you could ever hope to cross the road to avoid meeting. Here’s an extract from the beginning of the thread:
Janeen Harris: The conspirators are the right-wing think tanks… It’s a case of mass delusion and insanity, fueled by greed and arrogance.
Ross Barrell, Aikido student: I think it goes beyond that, Janeen. To my mind it is more like the evidence for something like AGW is a direct threat to the world view of these people. I think it is almost an existential threat and this might explain why denier trolls become ever more strident and irrational in their denial as the evidence mounts.
Richard Koser: Unfortunately, it’s extremely difficult to persuade people of facts which contradict their world-view. …Punch them in the gut, because appealing to their reason doesn’t work
Henry GRAY: I could not agree more Janeen. The main picture tells it all. There is no place for authorities to be like lame ducks or denying ostriches.
Brad Farrant: Great article, thanks John. I think you are right Ross, there are a number of people who comment here who somehow think they are being rational when they argue that the overwhelming majority of climate scientists are all involved in a giant conspiracy (they will also tell you that anyone that doesn’t believe in this giant conspiracy is an irrational, anti-science, Gaia worshipping, left-wing extremist).
Henry GRAY: We delude ourselves if we think the world is not becoming more climate challenged. I often wake and feel a fear and foreboding about our climatic future and the macabre machinations of weather being increasingly unleashed.
Janeen Harris: If the Earth turns nasty there is no future for us, or any other species. Life, as we know it, must change its ideology. It’s not all about Me! The denial is all about me, and MY money.”
“There is no place to be denying ostriches” – Brad, you’re a genius.