Motivated rejection of stupidity

New paper (in press, Psychological Science):

NASA faked the moon landing|Therefore (Climate) Science is a Hoax:
An Anatomy of the Motivated Rejection of Science

by Stephan Lewandowsky
University of Western Australia

Remember that name. Lewandosky will soon become a byword for rejection of science.

The entire abstract

Although nearly all domain experts agree that human CO2 emissions are altering the world’s climate, segments of the public remain unconvinced by the scientifi c evidence. Internet blogs have become a vocal platform for climate denial, and bloggers have taken a prominent and influential role in questioning climate science. We report a survey (N > 1100) of climate blog users to identify the variables underlying acceptance and rejection of climate science. Paralleling previous work, we fi nd that endorsement of a laissez-faire conception of free-market economics predicts rejection of climate science Continue Reading →

Grammar Goblins

Microphone

Listen to them!

Unmasking the imps that toy with our speech and
our writing in the guerilla war on our language

The University of Auckland’s Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology welcomed the conference with professor Joerg Kistler saying it gave New Zealand access to cutting edge knowledge.

via ‘Genetic terrorism’ claims as big guns of GM set to meet – NZ Herald News.

Ironic that in a story titled ‘genetic terrorism’ we see two examples of linguistic ‘terrorism.’

Farewell comma, welcome ambiguity

Did the institute welcome a conference with professor Joerg Kistler, or did the professor comment on it?

Bring back the hyphen

Sadly, access to knowledge of cutting edges will not increase cutting-edge knowledge.