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Chris Mooney on AGW: people should know nothing, believe, and shut up
The Reference Frame

June 30,2011

by Lubos Motl


Gordon has recommended to me to read an essay by Chris Mooney in DeSmogBlog (which made him upset):

“A Little Knowledge”: Why The Biggest Problem With Climate “Skeptics” May Be Their Confidence

Mooney has previously identified science with the war on the Republican Party - be sure that they're not quite the same things, they're uncorrelated in general, and in many individual cases, they're inversely correlated - and his new article shows that his misconceptions about the essence of rational reasoning have gotten even worse.

He started with a Yale University's survey which concluded that the more people know about the climate, the more skeptical they become. Needless to say, if the relationship were the opposite one (that skepticism decreases with education and intelligence), and Mooney indeed indicates that the more educated leftists could be more alarmist, it would be just another proof that the debate is over and the Armageddon will arrive either tomorrow or during the day after tomorrow.

It is our attitude toward free thought and free expression that will determine our fate. There must be no limit on the range of temperate discussion, no limits on thought. No subject must be taboo. No censor must preside at our assemblies.

–William O. Douglas, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, 1952

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