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Chill man - Josh 114

From the post at Climate Etc - more name calling of skeptics, but this one is ok.

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We examine whether conservative white males are more likely than are other adults in the U.S. general public to endorse climate change denial. We draw theoretical and analytical guidance from the identity-protective cognition thesis explaining the white male effect and from recent political psychology scholarship documenting the heightened system-justification tendencies of political conservatives

The authors are of course noms de plume of Professor Sokal and one of his posts grads.


Jul 31, 2011 at 12:49 PM | Unregistered CommenterGrantB

Why is it always "them" these guys study? Never "us."

Jul 31, 2011 at 12:53 PM | Unregistered Commenterj ferguson

It is interesting that one of the early researchers in this area, the late Aaron Wildavsky - But Is It True? actually did focus on "environmental scares" such as Alar. His view of those who are highly sensitized to risks was not quite as flattering. His work is the basis of Kahan et al. which is also referenced by Judy and Vaughan Pratt.

Jul 31, 2011 at 1:50 PM | Unregistered Commenterbernie


Scant chance of that. Sokal is the very model of the Simon Singh/Center for Inquiry/ScienceBlogs-school 'official skeptic', with an extra dash of hard leftism. He doesn't have much time for either Republicans or climate denial. Check out the preface of his book Beyond the Hoax from 2008 (it's included in the Amazon preview):

It thus transpires that even sociologist of science Bruno Latour, who spent several decades stressing “the social construction of scientific facts”17, now laments the ammunition he fears he and his colleagues have given to the Republican right, helping them to deny or obscure the scientific consensus on global warming, biological evolution and a host of other issues:

Jul 31, 2011 at 2:00 PM | Unregistered Commenteranonym

OK Josh! What's he looking at? Bet she's HOT! Time to ICE UP Those Surf Boards Boys!

(MORE! MORE! MORE!...;-)

Jul 31, 2011 at 2:30 PM | Unregistered CommenterPascvaks

the 'cool dude' letters look as though they were written with a piece of charcoal.

Jul 31, 2011 at 3:57 PM | Unregistered CommenterShub

So let me get this right.Doing some basic arithmetic on the data presented we get;

37% of all adults believe that the effects of global warming will never happen

90% of all adults deny that recent temperature increases are primarily caused by human activities

53.5% of all other adults do not worry at all about global warming

Sounds reasonable.

Jul 31, 2011 at 4:05 PM | Unregistered Commentersimpleseekeraftertruth

and I didn't!

53.5% of all adults do not worry at all about global warming

Jul 31, 2011 at 4:16 PM | Unregistered Commentersimpleseekeraftertruth

Are there any non-white males or females of any kind int he Hockey Team?

Jul 31, 2011 at 4:53 PM | Unregistered CommenterBruce

Well, this cartoon has a hidden meaning ... it ain't just about the 'cool dudes' (and I'm cross anyway because there's a huge number of 'cool dudettes'!) - it also hints deliciously at the transcripts of the interview with that 'drowned polar bear specialist', Monnett which was making the rounds on that and the day before.

Josh gets it, and unlike the AGW graphs, his cartoons say more than a thousand or even ten thousand words can!

Jul 31, 2011 at 5:00 PM | Unregistered CommenterViv Evans

A cool dudette would need to sport a radio collar - only the polar bear girls can wear collars 'cause the necks of the boys are larger than their heads, so a collar falls right off - and that might spoil the cool sunglasses effect.

But I agree, I am ticked off as well by the notion that only men can be rational about science.

Jul 31, 2011 at 5:24 PM | Unregistered CommenterSuzannah from Canada

I much prefer to be thought of as a Cool Dude rather than as a Hot Head.

Chill !!

Jul 31, 2011 at 7:00 PM | Unregistered CommenterLatimer Alder

Josh, except for the color (colour?) of the T-shirt you've got Doc of down to a "T" :)


Jul 31, 2011 at 7:12 PM | Unregistered CommenterPiotr

latimer, can I pinch that. I think that could be a good Tshirt line.

Jul 31, 2011 at 11:01 PM | Unregistered CommenterJosh

And, Viv, of course dudes includes dudettes, where would we be without you!

Tho the study in question did seem to be a tad chauvinistic. Tsk tsk.

Jul 31, 2011 at 11:04 PM | Unregistered CommenterJosh

The bizarro study found that many climate skeptics were white males aged over 40.

Unlike Al Gore, Richard Black, George Monbiot, Michael Mann, Stephen Schneider, Paul Ehrlich, Prof Jones, etc etc

Aug 1, 2011 at 2:14 AM | Unregistered CommenterJack Hughes


'latimer, can I pinch that. I think that could be a good Tshirt line.'

Pinch as much as you like..... It would be an honour just to know that I might have inspired a piece of your great work.

Aug 1, 2011 at 6:26 AM | Unregistered CommenterLatimer Alder

Josh, another slogan comes to mind when I think of your work -
'Move over, Daumier!'
The history of cartoonists going straight to the nub is being vigorously carried forward in your work.

Aug 1, 2011 at 3:01 PM | Unregistered CommenterAlexander K


Your Cool Dude cartoon immediately brought the movies of The Pink Panther to mind.

Your polar bear would be cast as the Pink Panther character, I think the bumbling Inspector Clouseau would be best portrayed by Gavin Schmidt of RC with Al Gore as a backup stand in.

So much fun, but so little time . . . .


Aug 1, 2011 at 4:08 PM | Unregistered CommenterJohn Whitman

As a non-white sceptic, I find I've obviously allowed myself to be influenced by too many white guys... The conjunction of environmentalism and race is certainly worth picking apart though. I've made a stab at it here:

Aug 3, 2011 at 11:22 AM | Unregistered CommenterProgContra

So now we have a peer reviewed sexist racist paper to try to explain climate scepticism. Amazing. This one will be forgotten quickly I guarantee it.

Look folks, face facts, climate alarmism is dead, climate alarmism is so 2009.


Aug 10, 2011 at 11:01 PM | Unregistered Commenterklem

Why no entry from JOSH in this contest!...

Love to see his take on number 8-check out the graph in the corner.

Aug 19, 2011 at 1:53 PM | Unregistered CommenterMarcH

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