26 Jan '12, 10pm

Study explains why it’s useless to argue with climate deniers:

A study just out from the University of Kent inquires into the nature of conspiracy theorists, and comes out with this interesting or maybe obvious conclusion: It’s not that they really believe what they’re saying. It’s more that they don’t trust authority figures on the matter. As Eric Barker noted when he flagged this study , Apparently the logic is something like “It’s not about whether my theory is right but what they are telling us is definitely wrong.” So, for example, as explained in the abstract of the paper, The more participants believed that Osama Bin Laden was already dead when U.S. special forces raided his compound in Pakistan, the more they believed he is still alive. Hierarchical regression models showed that mutually incompatible conspiracy theories are positively associated because both are associated with the view that the authorities are engaged in a co...

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