19 Apr '11, 1pm

When Rationalization Masquerades as Reason

First, this approach does not suggest that my first book (Republican War on Science) was wrong — e.g., there really were all these attacks on science, as you know from having reported on them — but it does suggest that the book did not fully describe motivations and mechanisms, as my Mother Jones piece begins to do. But a lot of this political psychology research has been coming on strong since the book came out in 2005. A similar comment would also apply to the issue of industry spending on think tanks that challenge climate science. On the one hand, it is very important for the political right to have this echo chamber out there — and the arguments generated by conservative think tanks would interact with the biased reasoning processes that are the subject of my piece in a kind of one-two combination. The problem is thinking that “follow the money” can allow you to fully...

Full article: http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/19/when-rationa...

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