The Madhouse Effect

May 7, 2016


Greg Laden’s Blog:

The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy, by climate scientist Michael Mann and cartoonist Tom Toles is now available for pre-order. I’ve not gotten my review copy of it yet, but it looks fantastic.

From the publisher:

The award winning climate scientist Michael E. Mann and the Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Tom Toles have fought at the frontlines of climate denialism for most of their careers. They have witnessed the manipulation of the media by business and political interests and the unconscionable play to partisanship on issues that affect the well-being of millions. The lessons they have learned have been invaluable, inspiring this brilliant, colorful escape hatch from the madhouse of the climate wars.

Through satire, “The Madhouse Effect” portrays the intellectual pretzels into which denialists must twist logic to explain away the clear evidence that man-made activity has changed our climate. Toles’s cartoons collapse counter-scientific strategies into their biased components, helping readers see how to best strike at these fallacies. Mann’s expert skills at science communication aim to restore sanity to a debate that continues to rage against widely acknowledged scientific consensus. The synergy of these two commonsense crusaders enlivens the gloom and doom of so many climate-themed books–and may even convert a few of the faithful to the right side of science.


4 Responses to “The Madhouse Effect”

  1. indy222 Says:

    Ha! Very good. Toles’ cartoons are a guilty pleasure. I use them whenever I can in my climate course’s PowerPoints.

  2. j4zonian Says:

    R.D. Laing’s book “Knots” is excellent for investigating the forms of twisted thinking that infect climate denying delayalists.

  3. Andy Lee Robinson Says:

    Lesson for the RW noise machine and others that try to manipulate and deny facts:

    The more and the longer a fabricated reality diverges from reality, the more the damage done when the real reality inevitably strikes back.

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