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Interesting analysis of some contrarian beliefs

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  • coloradoken
    [quote] There is a large segment of the US population that read climate change through the lens of their religious beliefs. In this way, they see a hidden
    Message 1 of 2 , Dec 7, 2009
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      There is a large segment of the US population that read climate change through the lens of their religious beliefs. In this way, they see a hidden agenda in climate change debates, an agenda that leads to a one world government under the antichrist. For this reason, they will not accept any evidence, since they believe that all evidence is fabricated by scientists either deceived or part of a conspiracy. And, because what they believe is the word of god, the rest of us don't count.
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      This is the first I have heard of this basis of some contrarians motivation. Believable though as the level of discounting inconvenient facts, disconnected logic and general belief in conspiracies seems to suggest it.
    • Wayne
      There has always been tension between religion and science. Organized religion is no different than any other institutions in the fact that there is a power
      Message 2 of 2 , Dec 7, 2009
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        There has always been tension between religion and science. Organized
        religion is no different than any other institutions in the fact that
        there is a power structure maintained by officials.
        Throughout the ages, science has explained or corrected organized church
        held dogma. ie. The earth is the center of the universe. Consequently
        religion has felt that science was a threat to their power structure and
        must somehow respond to this threat. Since the tools of science and
        religion are of different nature, there is little commonality between
        their methods of finding truth. Thus there is a tension that defies
        solution at this time.

        I think the problem arises when a political party or a vested interest
        uses religious tensions to their advantage, knowing that this is a
        powerful weapon even though they may not actually agree with them. When
        religion is used as propaganda tool, without restraint, to the extent of
        demonizing accepted science and scientists, to sway public opinion for
        an agenda, it hurts both the science and religious beliefs. To me it is
        a move in the direction of the Dark Ages. We see the powers of reason
        and education being casualties of propaganda and agendas by the
        resorting to religious beliefs based upon scientific ignorance.
        In the past, things such as a flat earth, the earth is the center of the
        universe, man and dinosaurs walked the earth at the same time, the earth
        is less than 10,000 years old, to name a few, have all largely been
        shown to be scientifically unsupported, yet there are still a goodly
        number who subscribe to them. Today, particularly the evolution of the
        species is not well accepted by many religious sects. To many, this
        means that science is somehow basically sinister and is presenting a
        "false" message to our school children by teaching the evolution of the
        species in science classes. It is easy for some to use this "false
        teaching" as a reason for undermining anything else that science
        supports, including global warming.

        How this morphs into sinister scientists attempting to destroy
        capitalism or to establishing socialism throughout the globe is beyond
        me. It must be some basic psychological need for man to look for the
        evil forces, real or imagined.

        Any misstep, no matter how slight, gives the contrarians ammunition to
        "prove" there is a conspiracy for scientists to falsify the data. Like
        the birthers, no evidence will suffice because the scientists themselves
        are suspect, therefore none of the data is reliable. As one writer said,
        the CRU pilfered email flap is a tempest in a teacup. The dendrological
        data is but one of many data sets that point to a warming earth. It is
        time to bring the discussions back to reasoning and logic instead of
        fear and mistrust.

        coloradoken wrote:
        > [quote]
        > There is a large segment of the US population that read climate change through the lens of their religious beliefs. In this way, they see a hidden agenda in climate change debates, an agenda that leads to a one world government under the antichrist. For this reason, they will not accept any evidence, since they believe that all evidence is fabricated by scientists either deceived or part of a conspiracy. And, because what they believe is the word of god, the rest of us don't count.
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        > This is the first I have heard of this basis of some contrarians motivation. Believable though as the level of discounting inconvenient facts, disconnected logic and general belief in conspiracies seems to suggest it.
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