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1 Shropshire_Slasher  Tue, May 29, 2012 5:38:14am

The whole article based on 1%
Brilliant!

2 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Tue, May 29, 2012 5:45:39am

The study: [Link: www.nature.com...]

3 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Tue, May 29, 2012 6:00:11am

Fox lies of course, since the study is not about the AGW deniers and those who accept scientific facts, but rather about those who worry and do not worry. While there is a correlation between those who do not worry and deniers (as deniers obviously do not worry), those who worry less are not necessarily deniers. The study in fact shows a correlation between concern and various ideological positions. An "individualist"/egoist can know about long-term consequences of AGW and still not worry too much about it.

Also, the study describes a continuum of concern. If it can be shown that the more sci-literate and numerate worry less, it doesn't mean they don't worry at all. It can also signify that those who are less sci-literate/numerate are more likely to conjure super-catastrophic AGW scenarios in the short term, which may not be supportable by science. This will put them into the "more concerned" group, but it doesn't mean that those who don't conjure up such scenarios deny AGW or long-term consequences.

Also, the study is based on an online poll. This puts up a red flag for me.

4 Douchecanoe and Ryan Too  Tue, May 29, 2012 6:05:57am

re: #3 I'm back in the USSR (sigh)

Also, the study is based on an online poll. This puts up a red flag for me.

This is a major no-no in statistics because it leaves your study vulnerable to selection bias. Basically, you have to analyze the results of your study based on the demographic of people that are visiting the survey site. Even if the original study authors did this, it is clear that Faux News did absolutely no reporting on the selected demographic.

5 Archangelus  Tue, May 29, 2012 9:15:07am

* Cough * BS * Cough *

6 Romantic Heretic  Tue, May 29, 2012 12:55:23pm

Once again The Ministry of Truth mistakes belief for knowledge.

7 Achilles Tang  Tue, May 29, 2012 1:14:43pm

re: #3 I'm back in the USSR (sigh)

I agree, but it also occurred to me that since AGW denial is closely correlated with evolution denial (according to other studies I believe), this poll may really measures the level of cognitive dissonance in some, which is the ability to deny selective knowledge. Obviously one cannot deny something if one is unaware of it, so simple factual knowledge (and I mean simple) says nothing significant.

8 Mich-again  Tue, May 29, 2012 8:26:55pm

The questions they asked were more like trivial pursuit questions than a real test of scientific knowledge.


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