20 Oct '17, 5pm

Have a Climate Denier Over for Coffee?

Have a Climate Denier Over for Coffee?

Empirical reality has been going through a rough patch lately . Fake news, filtered through algorithmically tailored social media feeds and targeted to the susceptible, continues to poison our information supply. At the same time, real news—rooted in fact and reported dispassionately—gets branded as “fake” by the president and many of his followers whenever it doesn’t support their preferred narrative. Increasingly, our political battles are more like metaphysical battles. We’re arguing less over a broad range of controversial ideas, the way we once did, and more over one very big idea: whether objective truth is ultimately subservient to political will and personal opinion. Science is supposed to be our secret weapon in this struggle. When it comes to an issue as important as climate change, for example, we want to believe that facts have persuasive power—that the doubter...

Full article: https://www.nrdc.org/onearth/have-climate-denier-over-coffee

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