• Arnold Schroder

#19: Scientific militant pt. 2

Updated: Dec 20, 2020

(12/06/2020) How scientific is science? In this episode, we further the argument that "science communication" about the ecological crisis is based on an unscientific understanding of what motivates people. Having described some of the innate components of an ecological worldview in the last episode, in this one we look at the raw empirical reality of public perceptions of climate change, the incessant liberal freakout about declining rationality, and more. On the fictional front, we imagine a scientific upheaval resulting from research into the foundations of scientists' own tribal epistemologies.

Bibliography for episode #19:

Funk, C. & Hefferon, M. (2019) U.S. Public views on climate and energy. Pew Research Center. https://www.pewresearch.org/science/2019/11/25/u-s-public-views-on-climate-and-energy/

Kennedy, B. (2020) U.S. concern about climate change is rising, but mostly among Democrats. Pew Research Center. https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/04/16/u-s-concern-about-climate-change-is-rising-but-mainly-among-democrats/

Krosnick, J. A. & MacInnis, B. (2020) Climate insights 2020: Surveying American public opinion on climate change and the environment. Resources for the Future. https://media.rff.org/documents/Climate_Insights_Overall_Trends_Final.pdf

Luo, Y. & Zhao, J. (2019) Motivated Attention in Climate Change Perception and Action. Frontiers in Psycholgy 10:1541. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01541

Roberts, D. (2017) America is facing an epistemic crisis: What if Mueller proves his case and it doesn't matter? Vox. https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/11/2/16588964/america-epistemic-crisis

Shellenberger, M. & Nordhaus, T. (2004) The death of environmentalism: Global warming politics in a post-environmental world. The Breakthrough Institute. https://s3.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/uploads.thebreakthrough.org/legacy/images/Death_of_Environmentalism.pdf

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