Denialism

Cliff Mass Blames Liberals for the Lack of Progress on Climate Change

by Sarah Myhre Elhenyo/gettyimage.com<br>Two weeks ago, my friend’s two-year-old son died in his bed; he never woke up in the morning. His service was …

Climate

Tumi Morake Did Not Bully Me Or Any White Person, For That Matter

There is nothing that makes a bully drape himself in feigned victimhood as quickly as someone standing up to him and calling out his behaviour. We …

Racism

Climate Denialism Is Literally Killing Us

The horrors hurled at Houston and the Himalayan lowlands in late August were heartbreaking—but also infuriating. How many times must we see this …

Climate

Harvey is a global warming issue — and a test for Donald Trump’s denialism

Scientists knew that dangerous storms like Harvey were coming. Maybe it’s time to start listening, Mr. President<p>As of June, President Donald Trump had tweeted his skeptical views about climate change 115 times. If he had any capacity for introspection (which he almost certainly doesn't), he would …

Climate Change

Just another erasure of history

Regarding the June 27 National Digest item “Confederate symbol’s removal underway”:<p>History has no morality, so judging history as good or bad or wrong or right has no meaning. History just happens. The wanton destruction of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, the pointless removal of Confederate …

Opinion

Uber Accused of 'Rape Denialism' by Victim of India Assault

A peculiar theory at Uber Technologies Inc. that an Indian competitor may have framed the company for a headline-grabbing rape in India in 2014 …

Uber

Intersex and Sex Denialism

This was a pleasant surprise.<p>For generations those who, for biological reasons, don’t fit the usual male/female categories have faced violence and …

LGBTQ

How Holocaust Denial Works

The Holocaust happened.<p>It is a fact that some six million European Jews were systematically murdered by Nazi Germany and its collaborators between …

European History

Why worry about aging when the robots might save us all?

Maybe this aging thing won’t be so bad, after all. Not personal aging. As Jimmy Stewart once said (according to my colleague John Robson): “After 70, …

Robots

The Deep Denialism of Donald Trump

Donald Trump is hardly the first President to lie to the American people. Nor is he the first to place ideology before data. But this White House, unlike any other, has already crossed the threshold into a space where facts appear to mean nothing.<p>Eventually, the President’s daily policy outrages, …

Robert F. Kennedy

Did the White House Mean to Wink at Holocaust Deniers?

President Donald Trump has barely been in office for a week and already he’s being accused, by prominent and credible people, of aiding and abetting …

David Irving

The peculiar persistence of monetary policy denialism, by Scott Sumner

When I was in grad school in the late 1970s, there was increased interest in the "monetary ineffectiveness proposition", which posited that money was …

Economy

Automation Denialism Continues to Thrive

Americans have an uncanny ability to ignore the inevitable.<p>By on<p>Donald Trump’s climate change denialism is no more at odds with the educated …

Automation

Denialism on Trade

It is really amazing how the political and economic establishment types feel the need to deny that trade can actually have a negative impact on …

Economics

The Nones: An Interview with Elizabeth Drescher

<i>Elizabeth Drescher is the author of the book</i> Choosing Our Religion: The Spiritual Lives of American Nones <i>(New York: Oxford University Press, 2016).</i> …

HIV

The Perils of Denialism on the Left - Los Angeles Review of Books

THIS MONTH the Oxford Dictionary chose “post-truth” as its word of the year, which it defines as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which …

Books

The Conspiracy Theory Label

As skeptics we apply various labels to certain kinds of intellectual behavior. Perhaps the big three are pseudoscience, conspiracy theory, and …

Pseudo-science

As Matthew Threatens, Florida Governor Slammed for Climate Denialism

While Hurricane Matthew intensified to a Category 4 "monster" on Thursday as it approached the southeast U.S. coast, Republican Governor of Florida …

Climate Change

Counterview: In GMO debate, Vandana Shiva has chosen fear-mongering and denialism

A rebuttal of the claims the activist made in a recent Scroll article.<p>Vandana Shiva’s latest effusion against Monsanto Company in particular and …

India

Zuma’s Denialism and Betrayal

The president’s Budget Vote speech would make even the most committed loyalist ask themselves how government can arrive at the conclusion that all is …

South Africa

The skills we all need to move past "anti-science" and "us"

If you didn't believe a prevailing scientific position, you used to be part of a small fringe. To get information on your side, you would hunt around …

Science

There is no intelligence gene… singular | Prospect Magazine

You have now reached your limit of 3 free articles in the last 30 days.<br>But don't worry! You can get another 7 articles absolutely free, si mply by …

Genetics

How Mbeki’s character and his Aids denialism are intimately linked

Former South African president Thabo Mbeki’s character was a salient feature of his presidency. Accusations that he suffered from character flaws – …

South Africa

The FBI wants a backdoor only it can use – but wanting it doesn’t make it possible

Much like climate change denialists, politicians continue to debate encryption – ignoring the consensus of experts that it must not be compromised<p>The FBI’s demand that Apple create a defeat device for decrypting a phone that belonged to a mass murderer has all the ingredients for a disastrous …

Privacy

Math denialism: crypto backdoors and DRM are the alternative medicine of computer science

My latest Guardian column, The FBI wants a backdoor only it can use – but wanting it doesn’t make it possible, draws a connection between vaccine …

Cory Doctorow

Why Science Denialism Is Costing Us A Fortune

In case you haven’t heard, the moon landings were faked, the measles vaccine causes autism, climate change is a hoax, and genetically modified crops (GMOs) are, you know, the pits. If you want evidence, just check the Internet.<p>Scientists like me adopt all kinds of strategies in trying to combat …

Opinion

‘Zuma’s denialism an insult to SA’

Parliament – The Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Monday it would bring a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma, which the Speaker’s office …

South Africa

Climatologist Judith Curry calls attention to a new kind of attack on climate denial

In a May 2015 <i>Washington Post</i> op-ed, Democratic senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island asserted, sort of, that climate-consensus-denying business …

Environmentalism

There is a new form of climate denialism to look out for – so don't celebrate yet

At the exact moment in which we need to reduce our reliance on fossil fuel, we’re being told that renewable sources can’t meet our energy needs<p>After the signing of a historic climate pact in Paris, we might now hope that the merchants of doubt – who for two decades have denied the science and …

Climate

The GOP Is Finally Emerging From Trump Denialism

The contours of the outsider-as-favorite Republican primary began to take shape this summer, when the candidates without establishment support, led …

Elections