A very strange phenomenon is taking place in the scientific community, which climate change deniers have apparently managed to penetrate. What followed was a “divide and conquer” approach, that actually seems to be affecting scientists.
The comparison to a potent virus with an elaborate strategy begs to be made when climate change deniers have managed to infiltrate themselves in the science world. Their plan is a strong one based almost entirely on psychology.
The University of Bristol has recently conducted a study on this matter, planning to comprehend just how it has come to this situation. They conclude that there are three main factors that constitute the pillars of the deniers’ strategy: “pluralistic ignorance”, “stereotype threat” and “the third-person effect”, which have waged a synergistic effect on the scientific population.
Firstly, the phenomenon of “pluralistic ignorance” occurs when the opinion of a minority becomes overly spread in a population, up to the point where it becomes the general impression that it represents the view of the majority.
The most dangerous effect of this event is the fact that members of the majority become afraid to speak their minds, because they consider themselves the minority. This is what climate change deniers want to establish by infiltrating into the scientific world, through articles and studies that they have swayed their way.
Secondly, “stereotype threat” comes as a consequence of the fact that in these papers clime change supporters are regarded as “alarmist”. And it seems that a lot of scientists who clearly agree with the climate change theory find themselves lessening their arguments and softening their tone, so as not to be regarded as alarmists.
And thirdly, “the third-person effect” represents the triumph of persuasion over fact. This occurs when climate change deniers ambush scientists who support the idea and manage to convince them otherwise, at lease to a certain extent, despite the fact that they still regard their initial arguments as being the correct ones.
This study was lead by Professor Stephan Lewandowsky of the School of Experimental Psychology in Bristol, and was conducted alongside researchers from Harvard and several Australian institutions.
Their conclusions warn of the synergistic effect of these three main factors and explain how they empower each other so that they create a massive effect when used together.
With such a carefully designed plan, it is advisable that scientists be very careful when they assess the information they are faced with. The majority of research points toward the devastating effects of climate change that will deeply affect the course of the future.
Furthermore, it puts the utmost importance on the necessity for swift action towards containing the effects of climate change. Therefore there is no time to be wasted with climate change deniers and their theories of a hiatus in the process of global warming.
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