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.