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Faith and politics mix to drive evangelical Christians' climate change denial

Faith and politics mix to drive evangelical Christians' climate change denial

U.S. Christians, especially evangelical Christians, identify as environmentalists at very low rates compared to the general population. According to a , while 62% of religiously unaffiliated U.S. adults agree that the Earth is warming primarily due to human action, only 35% of U.S. Protestants do – including just 24% of white evangelical Protestants.Politically powerful Christian interest groups publicly dispute the climate science consensus. A coalition of major evangelical groups, including Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council, opposing what they describe as “the false...

September 9, 2020
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Varieties of Bullsh*t. We need to take a hard look at… | by Adrian Bardon | Medium

Varieties of Bullsh*t. We need to take a hard look at… | by Adrian Bardon | Medium

We need to take a hard look at bullshit. It is now almost commonplace to say we are in a “” era. But this notion is not only, or even primarily, about the difference between truth and untruth. A proper appreciation of the distinction between lying and spinning, between deliberate misinformation and deliberate obfuscation, is necessary to fully grasp the current political and media landscape.The liar knows the truth but wishes to misrepresent it; bullshit is different in an important way. The point of bullshit is to influence rather than misrepresent. The job of the marketing consultant, the...

March 12, 2020
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Coronavirus responses highlight how humans are hardwired to dismiss facts that don't fit their worldview

Coronavirus responses highlight how humans are hardwired to dismiss facts that don't fit their worldview

Bemoaning uneven individual and state compliance with public health recommendations, top U.S. COVID-19 adviser Anthony Fauci the country’s ineffective pandemic response on an American “anti-science bias.” He called this bias “inconceivable,” because “science is truth.” Fauci compared those discounting the importance of masks and social distancing to “anti-vaxxers” in their “amazing” refusal to listen to science.It is Fauci’s profession of amazement that amazes me. As well-versed as he is in the science of the coronavirus, he’s overlooking the of “anti-science bias,” or science...

June 25, 2020
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