In a new thesis in psychology, Kirsti Jylhä at Uppsala University has studied the psychology behind climate change denial. The results show that individuals who accept hierarchical power structures tend to a larger extent deny the problem. The papers in the thesis are published in the scientific journal Personality and Individual Differences.
Climate change is a serious threat to humans, animals, and Earth’s ecosystems. Nevertheless, effective climate action has been delayed, partly because some still deny that there is a problem. In a new thesis in psychology, Kirsti Jylhä at Uppsala University has studied the psychology behind climate change denial. The results show that individuals who accept hierarchical power structures tend to a larger extent deny the problem.
In the scientific community there is a strong consensus that humans have significantly affected the climate and that we are facing serious challenges. But there is a lot of misinformation about climate change in circulation, which to a large part is created and distributed by organised campaigns with the aim of postponing measures that could combat climate change. And there are people who are more prone than others to trust this misinformation. Paper. (paywall) – Kirsti M. Jylhä, Clara Cantal, Nazar Akrami, Taciano L. Milfont. Denial of anthropogenic climate change: Social dominance orientation helps explain the conservative male effect in Brazil and Sweden. Personality and Individual Differences, 2016; 98: 184 DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2016.04.020More.
Reality check: Only a breathtakingly sublime idiot would just assume that there are no politics involved, no monkeying with statistics and polls, for power, status, and money – or that much of the public is smart enough to realize that and thus responds warily at best to the concernblather that envelops us. A serious study about who does and doesn’t believe might be a help here, but this stuff is straight out of a common room where 97% of the profs think the same thing and are trying to pin a diagnosis on people who think for themselves.
“Social science” is becoming a bigger disgrace all the time. But there is a hard edge to this. See Bill Nye would criminalize dissent from human-caused global warming claims.
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