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Deja vu all over again: Denialism of climate change and of evolution

Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.
Eugenie C. Scott
March 8, 2013
Lowell Conference Center
610 Langdon Street
Madison, Wisconsin

Both evolution and global warming are "controversial issues" in education, but are not controversial in the world of science. There is a remarkable similarity in the techniques that are used by denialists in both camps to promote their views. The scientific issues are presented as "not being settled," Freethought Festival 2or that there is considerable debate among scientists over the validity of claims. Both camps also practice "anomaly mongering," in which a small detail seemingly incompatible with either evolution or global warming is held up as dispositive of either either evolution or of climate science. Although in both cases, reputable, established science is under attack for ideological reasons, the underlying ideology differs: for denying evolution, the ideology of course is religious; for denying global warming, the ideology is political and/or economic.

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