December 1, 2009

SO LET'S SEE IF WE HAVE THIS STRAIGHT...:

The complex psychology of climate denial (Agence France-Presse, 12/01/09)

[T]here may also be a darker explanation. It is the human instinct to shut out or modify a terrifying truth: that the world as we know it is heading for a smash.

"It's a paradox: when it comes to disasters, people do not allow themselves to believe what they know," explained Jean-Pierre Dupuy, a professor of social philosophy at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris.

"Because everybody is in denial - or would like to be in denial - and would prefer to not shoulder too much of the responsibility for dealing with the problem, you have a kind of disconnect here."

Even scientists reluctantly pushed by their growing sense of alarm into launching public appeals for action have trouble coping.

When Clive Hamilton, a professor of public ethics at the Australian National University in Canberra, attended a September climate conference at Oxford University tasked with imagining a world warmed by 4.0 degrees Celsius, he was struck by how researchers spoke among themselves.

"It was very revealing. As they relaxed somewhat, they began to speak about their fears, about losing sleep, not wanting to think about the implications of what they do," he recalled.


...the true believers in Global Warming suffer from an absolutely classical variety of millenial hysteria--like the fear of 1666, Y2K, Hale-Bop, Malthusian predictions, this whole 2012 deal, etc.--and we're supposed to worry that the rational skeptics are disordered? Priceless.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at December 1, 2009 7:19 AM
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