The cultural cognition of climate change

Would you agree that discussing climate change with a denialist is one of the most exhausting and frustrating debating experiences there are? Then you’ll enjoy reading Steve Easterbrook’s informative summary of a series of studies by Kahan and Braman on cultural cognition (and you might enjoy the studies themselves!). Kahan and Braman write:

Individuals’ expectations about the policy solution to global warming strongly influences their willingness to credit information about climate change. When told the solution to global warming is increased antipollution measures, persons of individualistic and hierarchic worldviews become less willing to credit information suggesting that global warming exists, is caused by humans, and poses significant societal dangers. Persons with such outlooks are more willing to credit the same information when told the solution to global warming is increased reliance on nuclear power generation.


About Jorge Aranda

I'm currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the SEGAL and CHISEL labs in the Department of Computer Science of the University of Victoria.
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2 Responses to The cultural cognition of climate change

  1. Galax says:

    A couple of tips:

    From a friend, a lawyer: “You don’t have to prove the obvious”. E.g. At 10 in the morning on Wednesday you don’t have to prove it is Wednesday.

    And from the cardiologist to German Dehesa –a Mexican writer-: “Don’t you go get yourself a heart attack arguing with an idiot”.

    • Jorge says:

      Thanks, it’s good advice –but if that idiot is blocking the implementation of public policies, or voting for people that block them, or spreading misinformation, then we need to get into the fray. At least when it comes to urgent matters like this.

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