Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Denialism

An interesting article on CNN.com by Michael Specter, the author of Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet and Threatens our Lives.

Click here to read the article.

To briefly quote from the article:

Denialists replace the open-minded skepticism of science with the inflexible certainty of ideological commitment.

Although his main point is how people refuse to acknowledge the science behind climate change despite the overwhelming evidence, I thought the description also fits those in denial of the Shuttle's cancellation more than six years ago, or the reality that Constellation was a boondoggle, or that all the local protests staged by union leaders and pandering by their local elected officials won't make a bit of difference in reversing the Obama administration's proposed FY 2011 NASA budget.

1 comment:

  1. I'm appalled at the prevalence of denialism. Out here in California, people have started claiming that our water shortages are "manufactured," to control who gets water. Obviously, these folks have failed basic math, because they can't read population numbers and rainfall totals, which really aren't capable of lying.

    I doubt we've seen this much anti-science hysteria since Galileo was excommunicated.

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