posted on May, 28 2012 @ 03:04 PM
Originally posted by PhysicsAdept
reply to post by lobotomizemecapin
Well, could have something to do with something called the normalcy bias. Basically, smart people tend not to be skeptical and try to lean towards
rationalization instead of actualization... Then again, you did get your source from fox news, of course it'll be biased towards rationalization of
the global warming theory...
Smart people tend not to be skeptical...hmmm. I would say that this is pretty far from the truth. Intelligent people tend to be very skeptical of
just about everything other people claim to be "true", preferring to draw their own conclusions from their own observations and investigations (time
Normalcy Bias, as I understand it anyway, is more of an emotional response than a cognitive one..."fear of the unknown"and "fear of change".
Change causes stress and uncertainty. Sameness is calming and reassuring.
So, on an emotional level, people will prefer to not heed warnings...and/or will not investigate them to see if they are genuine or not. They put the
warning on ignore.
All this study says is that, basically, people who have command of slightly more scientific trivia than those who do not...tend to think that Global
Warning is not worrisome.
Your general point is accurate...that people will tend to put their heads in the sand, if the truth is somehow inconvenient
...but I think it is
quite appropriate that people should question warnings, even if they are being published by a "consensus" of learned-sounding establishment
The warnings could be true, and need to be heeded...or those doing the warning may have an agenda...
Also, the source of the study was the journal "Nature Climate Change", not Fox News.