Climate Rationalization, Beliefs and DenialismPosted: October 26, 2015
Climate Change – don’t leave home without it…
“For researchers it offers generous funding, recognition and personal importance. For the media it is dramatic stories. For politicians it’s green votes and popularity. For the financial sector it promises huge profits….”
The integrity of our most important tool for understanding is being destroyed and it’s time to recognize and address it.
Guest essay by Walter Starck
We humans have a remarkable ability to rationalize whatever benefits us personally or that we find satisfying emotionally. Climate change has found strong resonance with different interests for different reasons. For researcher it offers generous funding, recognition and personal importance. For the media it is dramatic stories. For politicians it’s green votes and popularity. For the financial sector it promises huge profits. For businesses there is the prospect of getting in early on booming growth plus the added bonus of attractive subsidies. For activists it affords attention and donations. For bureaucrats it’s authority and budgets. For everyone it also promises a hard to resist sense of importance and moral righteousness.
Of all the areas of human endeavor science has been uniquely successful in establishing the preeminence…
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