Starting April 28, 2015 Australia’s University of Queensland launches a remarkable first in “open to all” climate denial education. “Making Sense of Climate Science Denial” is the brainchild of John Cook, Queensland Global Change Institute climate communication fellow, and founder of climate science myth debunking website, Skeptical Science.
A seven week course – free, and open to all who register – includes interviews with top scientists, lessons on climate science, psychology of popular myths and how people respond to them.
In a perfect world the likes of James Inhofe, Marco Rubio and propagandists at Heartland Institute would register – if for no other reason than to learn their reigning days of asinine stupidity are numbered. “Students” from over 130 countries have signed-up by the thousands to learn how climate denial “fact” is skillfully twisted into mythical “truth”.
“97% of climate scientists agree that humans are causing global warming; however, less than half of Australians are aware of humanity’s role in climate change, while half of the US Senate has voted that humans aren’t causing global warming. This free course explains why there is such a huge gap between the scientific community and the public. Our course looks at what’s driving climate science denial and the most common myths about climate change.” – John Cook
Register on the link below.
Another great link from politifact
How I would love to see Myth Debunking on any university syllabus. Sadly myths tend to come from all sides and hurt all sides. There is a lot of knowledge about spotting errors in in human reasoning. I discovered that there is a word for it that I thought I understood: fallacy. Check out the large number of formal fallacies: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fallacies.
My goodness, so many fallacies – I had no idea how sheltered my fallacy life was. Pondered a post on fallacy 🙂
it surprised me and now I have study them all…
Pippa is WONDERFUL. But I share your frustration!
I think this stopped being a scientific issue a long time ago and is now almost purely a political football.