Here is a thought provoking piece outof the USA. I’m fairly confident having had exchanges with many deniers and sensible conversations with those that accept the consensus position that this sort of thing is entrenched here in Australia as well,although I am pleased that the number of people in the consensus camp is far greater and the deniers are becoming more of a fringe element.
“People everywhere employ ideological filters that reflect their identity, worldview, and belief systems. These filters are strongly influenced by group values, and we generally endorse the position that most directly reinforces the connection we have with others in our referent group—what Yale Law School professor Dan Kahan refers to as “cultural cognition.” In so doing, we cement our connection with our cultural groups and strengthen our definition of self. This tendency is driven by an innate desire to maintain a consistency in beliefs by giving greater weight to evidence and arguments that support preexisting beliefs, and by expending disproportionate energy trying to refute views or arguments that are contrary to those beliefs. Instead of investigating a complex issue, we often simply learn what our referent group believes and seek to integrate those beliefs with our own views.”
Now, I’m sure the deniers would insist that this applies to we who accept the consensus position and they would be right, but here is the rub…. “by giving greater weight to evidence……” The overwhelming evidence suggests that the consensus position is the correct position. We don’t need to put on the blinkers of wiful ignorance and cherrypick our evidence. That’s the difference.
Here is the full article.