Can you Spot Science Denial? Take the Quiz!

July 23, 2019

John Cook of George Mason University is author of the famous “97 Percent of Scientists Agree on Climate Change” study.
He’s been studying and explaining the most common techniques of science denial for many years. Now, he offers a quiz to sharpen your denial radar – take it here.

4 Responses to “Can you Spot Science Denial? Take the Quiz!”

  1. redskylite Says:

    Taken the quiz – only managed 85% despite have taken the Denial101 course a few years ago – getting rusty and a tad lazy maybe.

    Time is getting late and the Window of opportunity is closing fast, even when we debunk the denial bullshit, it doesn’t seem to win any converts, the closed minds continue spewing their spew.’

    Needs more action than just me breaking denial arguments – like the leaders of the major world’s countries, putting remedial policies in place.

    Done my very best on the leading social platform (clue FB) for many years now, which seems to be censoring climate information feeds now, without explanation.

    It’s over to the U.N and the individual countries.

    Fear, anger, panic , frustration, anguish it’s all there. Good Luck – Antonio Guterres

    Climate change: 12 years to save the planet? Make that 18 months

    https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-48964736

    • dumboldguy Says:

      Also took it and did no better than you did—-got three wrong—-my excuse is that some of the questions were poorly worded, as happens in so many of these “quizzes”.

      No matter, the truth of the problem has been captured by this short but sweet Onion essay.

      EUGENE, OR—Outlining what a shift in public consciousness regarding global ecocatastrophe might require, a study published by researchers at the University of Oregon Monday found the average American must have their life destroyed by a natural disaster every six minutes in order to finally fear climate change. “According to our data, American citizens must lose their home to a flash flood, almost immediately watch a tornado ravage their hometown, and then succumb to heatstroke in 110 degree temperatures before recognizing climate change as a viable threat,” said head researcher and professor Vanessa Verrier, citing the tendency of U.S. citizens to forget about global warming roughly 10 minutes after their homes were devastated by wildfires. “Roughly seven minutes following a climate disaster, ambivalence sets in and Americans forget why these natural disasters have increased so dramatically in recent years. The good news, however, is that in the five minutes directly after losing a loved one in a hurricane, participants were much more likely to consider reducing their carbon footprint by taking public transit rather than driving.” The report estimated that the nation would have to suffer 34,000 consecutive natural disasters this month in order to garner significant support for climate change legislation.


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