Friday, June 04, 2010

Special report: Living in denial

http://www.newscientist.com/special/living-in-denial

Special report: Living in denial

(Image: Woods Wheatcroft)

STATE OF DENIAL
From climate change to vaccines, evolution to flu, denialists are on the march. Why are so many people refusing to accept what the evidence is telling them? 

In this special feature we look at the phenomenon in depth. What is denial? What attracts people to it? How does it start, and how does it spread? And finally, how should we respond to it?

DEFINING DENIAL

When a sceptic isn't a sceptic

There are clear lines between scepticism and denial, but telling them apart can be tricky in the real world, says Michael ShermerRead more

WHOSE CONSPIRACY?

Why sensible people reject the truth

Denialism satisfies deep emotional needs. That makes it easy to encourage and hard to counter, saysDebora MacKenzieRead more

SMOKESCREENS

How corporations manufacture doubt

If the truth is inconvenient, put up a smokescreen instead. It works wonders for big business, argues Richard LittlemoreRead more

PLAUSIBLE FALSEHOOD

Unleashing a lie

It's easy to send a lie flying around the world, and almost impossible to shoot it down, says Jim GilesRead more

THE D-WORD

Questioning science isn't blasphemy

Michael Fitzpatrick argues that calling an opponent a denier is illiberal, intolerant and ineffective. Read more

FIGHTING BACK

The truth is our only weapon

We must let denialists be heard, and respond with patience, vigilance and tireless rebuttal, says Michael ShermerRead more

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