21 Feb '13, 1pm

Unlocking the Conspiracy Mind-Set

When I first met the NASA climate researcher Gavin Schmidt a few years ago, we discussed the proliferation of material on the Internet attacking mainstream climate science. I asked him whether he thought climate contrarians were flirting with conspiracy theory in their views. WND Books “Flirting?” he said. “No. They’ve already had conspiracy theory out on a hot date, and now it’s the morning after and they’re sitting up in bed, having coffee.” I happened to recall that conversation the other day as I read the latest chapter of a remarkable back-and-forth between mainstream researchers and climate contrarians. It all started last year, when a social scientist named Stephan Lewandowsky , of the University of Western Australia, and two colleagues published a rather provocative paper . It was based on an anonymous Internet survey of the readers of climate blogs. The title alon...

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