Pseudoscience In The Realm Of Climate Change

Pseudoscience is basically the go to plan for politicians and persistent deniers when it comes to climate change. Utilising the concept as a tool to debunk climate scientists and raw scientific research has been at the forefront of guiding the denialist movement. This is why the mere use of the term to describe climate change is absurd. As we explained in the previous post, pseudoscience is everything real science is not. That is, a certain belief or claim is presented and promoted without any reliable scientific evidence as proof. In an attempt to extend the spotlight on false claims, discredited and non-peer reviewed research are also involved in the process. You’re probably wondering how such a ludicrous case is continually perpetuated in modern society. Well, history shows us that pseudoscience has always attempted to overshadow radical claims made by scientists, particularly in relation to the natural world.

Let us not forget that continental drift was once considered a laughing matter. German meteorologist Alfred Wegener first proposed the idea over a hundred years ago. However, in Wegener’s time, any and all concepts of geology were severely  underdeveloped.

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Science is naturally worrying for a lot of people because the scientific method enables for major discoveries. This usually means a drastic altering of our thinking process, which immediately comes across as slightly threatening to some people. Human beings inherently detest inconvenience, which is a side effect of change. The reality of climate change is that we have to change our regular, routinised habits. This is what it means to effectively act on climate. Denying climate change, on the other hand, is far more convenient both in a physical and emotional sense. It can be draining to consistently worry and think about the issue. It’s also a real struggle for others to make living adjustments according to what is more environmentally friendly. Hence, the ease of listening to the pseudoscience side of things is far more attractive than being told to give up meat for instance. It’s very easy to see why pseudoscience advances the state of denial in relation to climate change.

“I worry that, especially as the Millennium edges nearer, pseudoscience and superstition will seem year by year more tempting, the siren song of unreason more sonorous and attractive”. – Carl Sagan.

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5 thoughts on “Pseudoscience In The Realm Of Climate Change

  1. Interesting how we can call ourselves a developed country and still not be open to things (which are very very real) such as climate change. What’s even scarier is that a lot of us know that climate change is real but we choose to ignore or deny because we don’t want to face what’s coming. Absolute rubbish. We’re contributing to a world that will be inhabitable at a much more rapid rate than it needs to.

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    1. We agree wholeheartedly. A majority of people understand exactly what is contributing to the changing climate but will willingly choose to disregard the issue. They believe that ignoring the threat will somehow make it disappear. We need to be looking at what the impacts of this issue will be for future generations.

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  2. This is so scary and something I am probably guilty of! When I start to not understand the discussions around climate change it’s easy for me to just ignore it and hope that someone else will deal with the problem. I need to start paying more attention to what’s real and what is pseudoscience

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  3. You’re absolutely right. We’re glad this post has broadened your perspective and we do hope that you include yourself in the conversation. Just remember, a little research here and there goes a long way. On the matter of what’s real and what’s pseudoscience, stay tuned for our upcoming post that will be looking at pseudoscientific communicative strategies.

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