The Guardian’s scientific watchdogs on matters climatical, Stan Abrahams and Oliver Nuccitelli, have recruited a team of high fliers for their latest piece, including Yale’s Anthony Leiserowitz and Cambridge psychologist Sander van der Linden. When a team calling itself “the 97%” writes an article entitled “Why the 97% climate consensus is important” you know what to expect.
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humansother people don’t have infinite brain capacity, so no one canthey can’t become an expert on every subject. But peoplewe at the Guardian have found ways to overcome our individual limitations through socialour superior intelligence, for example by developing and paying special attention toobeying the consensus of experts. Modern societies have developed entire institutions to distill and communicate expert consensusobedience, ranging from national academies of science to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Assessment ofObedience to scientific consensus helps us tap the collective wisdommadness of a crowd of experts sheepexperts. In short, people valueobey expert consensus as a means to help them navigatesuccumb to an increasingly complex and risk-filled world.
consensusobedience is an important process in society. Human cooperation, from small groups to entire nations, requires somea huge degree of consensusobedience, for example onto sharedimposed goals and the best means to achieve those goals. Indeed, some biologists have argued that “human societies are unable to function without consensusobedience.” Neurological evidence even suggests that when people learn that they are in agreement withobedience to experts, reward signalsfeelings of euphoric catatonia are produced in the brain. Importantly, establishing consensusobedience in one domain (e.g. climate science) can serve as a stepping stone to establishing consensusobedience in other domains (e.g. need for climate policythe Guardian Environment page).
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