Patrick J. Michaels

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It Just Ain't So

Global Warming Is a Threat?

The Only Internally Consistent Picture Is One of a Very Modest Warming

OCTOBER 01, 2005 by PATRICK J. MICHAELS

Last December Naomi Oreskes, an associate professor of history at UCLA, published a Washington Post Outlook piece called "Undeniable Global Warming." She asserted that the planet is warming (true), that increases in greenhouse gases have something to do with it (true), that several scientific societies hold this view (true), that the remainder of the discussion is quibbling about the details, and that we must respond to the threats that global warming presents.

Book Review

The Coming Global Superstorm by Art Bell and Whitley Strieber

A Monument to the Failure of Public Education in Science and Technology

MARCH 01, 2001 by PATRICK J. MICHAELS

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Unfortunately, educating people about phenomena that are counterintuitive, not-so-easy to remember, and suggest our individual lack of human control (for starters) can seem like an uphill battle in the war of ideas. So we sally forth into a kind of wilderness, an economic fairyland. We are myth busters in a world where people crave myths more than reality. Why do they so readily embrace untruth? Primarily because the immediate costs of doing so are so low and the psychic benefits are so high.
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