My name is Sean, I'm 54 and live in Winchester VA. I'm a former Scientist, Engineer, Database Architect and Project Manager. Learning to write sci-fi
By: zampaz , 5:54 PM GMT on July 06, 2013
Edit: My original post was too harsh and judgmental.
I'm learning a lot on Dr. Roods blog about communicating climate science.
Doubt mongers concentrate on the idea that there is nothing absolute in science.
From the AGU Chapman conference on Communicating Climate Science it occurred to me that you can't use scientific argument to defend a position against with non-scientists.
There are those that mistrust science as it conflicts with their cherished origin of their worldview paradigm: The Bible, The Koran. They would sooner be burned alive than betray their core beliefs. Seriously. Think about that.
For some perhaps “belief” is much more than a strongly held opinion. Many believe in an "Absolute Truth and see the world in terms of absolutes instead of a function approaching a value.
The doubt mongers know this and prey upon a common misunderstanding of the skepticism that is a basis of science.
You can't argue a dogmatic ideology worldview using science.
If you take the tools of science away, all that is left is a way of analytical thinking and common basic emotions. Scientists aren't used to communicating in terms of emotion.
The doubt mongers capitalize on this.
From the Chapman conference I learned:
Use videos and pictures instead of graphs and charts:
Arctic Sea Ice
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