Better Education Causes Climate Scepticism
Posted by Tory Aardvark
Dont you just love it when a survey is commissioned, and those paying for the survey are confident that they will get the answer they want, then they get completely the wrong answer from their point of view.
This is has just happened to the US Government who were confident that their survey would confirm the Green lie that climate sceptics are anti-science, ignorant, have some sort of right wing disease/disability and are all in the pay of big oil.
The survey confirms their worst fears, the better educated you are the less chance there is you will believe in the junk science of man made climate change:
A US government-funded survey has found that Americans with higher levels of scientific and mathematical knowledge are more sceptical regarding the dangers of climate change than their more poorly educated fellow citizens.
The results of the survey are especially remarkable as it was plainly not intended to show any such thing: Rather, the researchers and trick-cyclists who carried it out were doing so from the position that the “scientific consensus” (carbon-driven global warming is ongoing and extremely dangerous) is a settled fact, and the priority is now to find some way of getting US voters to believe in the need for urgent, immediate and massive action to reduce CO2 emissions.
The first problem here is that only the poorly educated, those with religious beliefs and/or a political agenda could believe, or pretend to believe that science could ever be settled.
Thus, in a just-published US National Science Foundation-funded study, participants’ science knowledge and numeracy was tested and compared with levels of concern regarding climate change. The soft-studies profs were amazed, however, to find that as one moves up the scale of science knowledge and numeracy, people become more sceptical, not less.
According to the profs, this is not because the idea of imminent carbon-driven catastrophe is perhaps a bit scientifically suspect. Rather it is because people classed as “egalitarian communitarians” (roughly speaking, left-wingers) are always highly concerned about climate change, and become slightly more so as they acquire more science and numeracy. Unfortunately, however, “hierarchical individualists” (basically, right-wingers) are quite concerned about climate change when they’re ignorant: but if they have any scientific, mathematic or technical education this causes them to become strongly sceptical.
This confirms many recent findings that belief in mand made climate change is far less in the developed nations, than it is in the developing nations, though it is difficult to know if climate change belief in these nations is more about getting their grasping hands on billions of dollars of western money in the handouts, they believe is their right.
As scientific/tech knowledge and numeracy appears to be more common among “hierarchical individualists” than among “egalitarian communitarians”, this meant that in the sample as a whole the effect of more scientific knowledge and numeracy was to increase scepticism.
Given that the profs had assumed from the start that scepticism is wrong, this forced them to the conclusion that simply teaching people more science and giving them more facts and numbers is not a good idea as it will lead them into bad (sceptical) decisions
So much for right wingers being ignorant hicks, birthers and believing that world is only 6,000 years old, which is rapidly becoming the favourite warmist smear.
The survey also provides further evidence that Anthropogenic Global Warming is a religion, as all religions need fear and ignorance to flourish and wither in the face of real science and fact, as this survey has proven.
This form of reasoning can have a highly negative impact on collective decision making … it is very harmful to collective welfare for individuals in aggregate to form beliefs this way.
The findings are that education is bad thing when free thinking individuals do not go along with what has been decided is the moral high ground of group consensus, and that if the great Anthropogenic Global Warming scam is to achieve its objectives then people need to be kept in fear and ignorance by telling them they don’t understand the science, and doubters marginalised as fringe lunatics.
About Tory AardvarkClimate Realist, Conservative and proud NRA member. I don't buy into the Man Made Global Warming Scam, science is never settled. http://toryaardvark.com @ToryAardvark on Twitter ToryAardvark on Facebook
Posted on May 31, 2012, in Anthropogenic Global Warming, Church Of Climatology, Climate Change, Global Warming, Green Lies, Population Control, Social Engineering, Wealth Redistribution and tagged Education. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.