Dealing with climate science denialism: experiences from confrontations with other forms of pseudoscience

Published on Oct 21, 2018in Climate Policy4.80
· DOI :10.1080/14693062.2017.1415197
Sven Ove Hansson39
Estimated H-index: 39
(KTH: Royal Institute of Technology)
ABSTRACTClimate science denialism is a form of pseudoscience. This contribution provides proposals for how to counter it, based on previous research on the demarcation between science and pseudoscience and on the author’s experience of tackling other forms of pseudoscience. Science denialism has much in common with other variants of pseudoscience, but it also has characteristics of its own. In particular, it is much more prone than other forms of pseudoscience to seek conflicts with genuine science. Like other science denialists, those attacking climate science have fabricated a large number of fake controversies in issues where there is no authentic scientific controversy. The defence of climate science against science denial has to take this into account. There is no reason to accept the denialists’ agenda or to treat their claims as legitimate alternatives to science. Climate science should primarily be presented to the public in ways that are independent of denialist activities, rather than reactively...
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