Hop on over to the Yale Forum on Climate Change & the Media, where I have a post on the big story dominating the climate blogosphere these past few days.
Staring today, I’ll be blogging for the Yale Forum several times a week and will link to those posts from here when they go up.
While exploring the anti-vaccine mindset, Orac assembles this group under one umbrella:
One of my interests in skepticism and critical thinking has been the similarity in the fallacious arguments, approach to data, and general behavior of those who are–to put it generously–not so skeptical or scientific in their approach to life. I’m talking about believers in the paranormal, quacks, anti-vaccine activists, conspiracy theory mavens, Holocaust deniers, creationists, anthropogenic global warming denialists, and cranks of all stripes.
A commenter calls foul:
I think your first paragraph has something of the strawman construct about it and you could find many examples to question it. To take AGW as an example, this is a concept that has been questioned by none other than James Randi, hardly known for his crank views.
Whereas one of the great proponents of AGW is that woomaster general Prince Charles.
After reading this essay (which has gone viral), I don’t know what worries me more: a nihilistic GOP, an incompetent Democratic party, “low-information” voters, or a neutered media.
The author, a former Republican congressional staffer gone rogue, makes a forceful (and somewhat terrifying) case that the unfortunate combination of all the above is now undermining U.S. democracy.
For additional related thoughts, see this from James Fallows.
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