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Denialists of a feather flock together

June 25, 2009

In the past I (and others) have noted the interesting synergy between anti-evolutionism and other forms of denialism (especially the denial of the effects of anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and the denial of the connection between AIDS and HIV). The peanut gallery over at Uncommon Descent have been vociferous AGW deniers for some time but the links are actually more formal than that.

  • Five members of the Discovery Institute’s “Dissent from Darwinism” list are on James Inhofe’s list of deniers of the consensus position on AGW: Edward Blick, David Deming, Guillermo Gonzalez, Robert Smith & James Wanliss.
  • Four members of the DI list have also signed a petition denying the AIDS/HIV link: Robert W. Bass, Bruce D. Evans, Mae-Wan Ho, and Jonathan Wells. Philip Johnson, though not on the DI list, has also signed the latter petition.
  • Five of Inhofe’s deniers are also AIDS/HIV deniers: Eduardo Ferreyra, James DeMeo, Joel Kauffman, Michael R. Fox & Justin Loew.

Now it turns out that Access Research Networks (ARN), the creationist organization that is a second-tier publicist for ID, has a resource page “which provides viewpoints from both the Alarmists and the Skeptics” regarding global warning. There you will find a link to the 2009 Report of the “Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change” (NIPCC) written by Fred Singer and Craig Idso which, according to ARN, provides

overwhelming scientific support for the position that the warming of the twentieth century was moderate and not unprecedented, that its impact on human health and wildlife was positive, and that carbon dioxide probably is not the driving factor behind climate change.

Indeed. The report is available from the Heartland Institute.

  1. June 25, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Robert W. Bass is also a semi-supporter of Velikovsky–he was a BYU physicist and astronomer, apparently forced to resign as a result of his participation in Velikovskian activities:
    http://www.velikovsky.info/Robert_W._Bass

    James DeMeo is also an advocate of Wilhelm Reich’s orgone theories:
    http://www.orgonelab.org/

    I suspect there is a lot more crankiness lurking here…

  2. June 28, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Unsurprised unfortunately!

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