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Making Sense of Climate Science Denial MOOC
« on: April 21, 2015, 02:42:01 PM »
The University of Queensland's "Climate Science Denial 101" Massive Open Online Course starts on April 28th. You can sign up here:

Here's one of the introductory videos:

According to Naomi Oreskes:

Climate change denial in the United States is almost entirely motivated by politics. A lot of scientists have thought that it's a problem of science illiteracy, that it was a problem of public understanding, that if we just explained the science better that then we would solve this problem. And that doesn't work because the problem is not being driven by lack of access to information.
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Re: Making Sense of Climate Science Denial MOOC
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2015, 09:51:04 AM »
There is an other round for the course if you did miss it ! Plenty of videos with various scientists...

I encourage to see the final compilation of the course :
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Re: Making Sense of Climate Science Denial MOOC
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2020, 05:01:46 PM »
Resurrected this thread as it seems a good place to post this...
How They Made Us Doubt Everything

It's a long series of programmes about how big business screwed up our brains from Tobacco / Lung Cancer Denial to AGW Denial.

In the UK it is a simple procedure to register with BBC Sounds to access programmes. Outside the UK? I don't know.
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Re: Making Sense of Climate Science Denial MOOC
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2020, 05:05:18 PM »
Here in the U.S., big business has done its fair share of mind programming; getting the populous to believe that their product of business is safe, healthy, the best, etc.  In addition, politicians have used similar techniques, and sow seeds of doubt about their opponents.  It has not stopped there.  Unions, courts, schools, activist groups (both moderate and extreme) have all campaigned to promote their own interests, while simultaneously undermining their opposition. 

Recently, Sacha Baron Cohen labelled social media, "the greatest propaganda machine in history."  He elaborated that, "All this hate and violence is being facilitated by a handful of internet companies that amount to the greatest propaganda machine in history." 

Oh the irony!


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Re: Making Sense of Climate Science Denial MOOC
« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2020, 11:24:22 PM »
I stumbled across this group, Clintel, and recognised a few names among the Irish membership list. Sadly, there is overlap with the Irish Academy of Engineers, in some cases, and trying to influence govt policy here. Their 'Declaration' is that there is No Climate Emergency. Based out of the Netherlands it seems. Anyone know how they are financed? (Didn't find a single peer-reviewed publication, by the way!)

Depressing to see this guff. Ironically, one member is even campaigning against simple flood protection in Cork,  in Ireland, the city most at risk of coastal flooding in Ireland and UK. We had 0.5m of water in the city centre a few weeks ago, due to tides and adverse met conditions!
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