“It relates directly (to global warming) because conservatives tend to feel that the free market should be unregulated and (that) environmental regulations are immoral and wrong,” Lakoff said.
“And what they try to do is show that the science is wrong and that the argument is wrong, based on the science. So when it comes back to science, they try to debunk the science,” Lakoff said.
Christopher Joyce says “This puzzles many climate scientists, but not social scientists, whose research suggests that facts may not be as important as one’s beliefs“. Yup.
Social scientist Don Braman says “People tend to conform their factual beliefs to ones that are consistent with their cultural outlook, their world view“. Yup again.
Pat Michaels “asserts that science doesn’t confirm, and in some cases even rejects, the existence of human-caused global warming”. He also says “this line of authority is a policy response where the minority would tell the majority how to live,” Oh, here’s the desperate explanation part.