Global Warming: A Case Study in Groupthink: How science can shed new light on the most important 'non-debate' of our time.
This well-researched and articulated monograph exposes one of the greatest hoaxes perpetuated on Western populations – that humans are affecting the world’s climate through our carbon emissions, and that right-minded people must act immediately to save our planet. This ‘theory’ has little actual evidence to back it, is not ‘settled science’ and does not allow debate by those who do not subscribe to it.
Christopher Booker uses the theory of ‘groupthink’, as expounded by Professor Irving Janis, to show just how vulnerable intelligent people are to having their thinking manipulated. When something is believed fanatically, without sufficient rationality and without healthy scepticism, the thinking employed has been called ‘crooked thinking’ by Robert Thouless. By not allowing healthy debate, calling sceptics ‘climate change deniers’, using emotion in place of rationality, those passionately terrifying us with their apocalyptic scenarios, are as fanatical as the traditional religious groups they often despise.
In the forward, Professor Richard Lindzen asks the question “how do otherwise intelligent people come to believe such arrant nonsense despite its implausibility, internal contradictions, contradictory data, evident corruption and ludicrous policy decisions?” The answer is that ‘groupthink’ overpowers the rational faculties that individuals possess, as collective beliefs demand a surrendering of personal doubts. That is how old religions kept the ‘faithful’ under control. The new ‘religious humanists’ want to do good in the world and end up blindly following diktat upon diktat…be it climate change policies, or other ‘virtuous’ fads such as veganism. The desperate need to belong to the group of the self-professed, morally superior , ‘educated elites’, means a fanatical devotion to whatever the group thinks. To disagree risks being shunned by the group and finding oneself without a home.
Interestingly, Donald Trump has resisted the call to sign the USA to the Paris Climate Accord. His supporters do not believe the climate hoax, nor the fact that only wealthy western countries are obliged to participate. His ‘deplorable’ voters do not have to subscribe to climate theory, as they do not wish to belong to the so-called elites. After all, they would argue, if the world was truly heading for an apocalypse, why have China and India not been required to cut their emissions. Surely, this is more to do with redistributing the world’s wealth as per Carl Marx, and less to do with a planetary emergency!
Auteur: Christopher Booker