There's another article protesting the moon-landing paper - the initial reaction to which spawned a wealth of material for further research. Some right wing journalist in the Sydney Morning Herald wrote some nonsense about the paper that he either didn't read or didn't understand. It brought out some beaut conspiracy theories from Anthony Watts' conspiratorial "believers" (archived here).
Honestly, you'd think Anthony had learnt his lesson many times over by now. Every time he protests that academic research into conspiracy theories and climate science denial are linked, he brings out a heap more conspiracy theories from his clan. It's not just motivated rejection of climate science, WUWT has motivated rejection of cognitive science. (Perhaps Anthony just wanted his readers to post their conspiracy theories under an "on topic" article.)
Julian Williams in Wales is for real with his conspiracy theory, as far as I know:
January 12, 2016 at 9:58 am
This sort of story is very dangerous for the CAGW promoting fraternity: For years people (my brothers included) have been laughing at (and never listening to) people like myself who have tried to put the case against CAGW alrmism. They have been told again and again by the establishment communities of science, politics and media that the science has been honestly and rigorously assessed and opponents are a loony right-wing fringe minority that have been misled by oil funded pseudo-science.
CAGW works on two assumptions
1. that the public are idiots.
2. that the reputation of the establishment will sustain lies forever.
Ordinary people will react very badly when get a sniff that they have been set up by rich people in the establishment to believe something that is basically lies, especially if poorer people have been hurt or cheated. This situation reminds me of how in Britain we were taken into the 2nd Iraq war on a concoction of made up alarm stories, people who were taken in then are now the most aggressive towards Blair (who has become hugely rich) who they call a war criminal.
The CAGW alarmism has been concocted and hyped to mislead ordinary people, the alarm stories have destroyed jobs and lives. Other People have become rich and powerful on the back of the alarmism. They could well find themselves on the wrong side of a witch hunt.
dp's comment is rife with recurrent fury
January 12, 2016 at 9:12 am
A journal that tolerates and publishes obvious rubbish is itself rubbish. The message that cannot be unsent is we will publish rubbish when it suits our purposes. A journal that sends such a message cannot be listed among journals of science. Such a message is at odds with the very definition of science and is better defined at fiction tabloid.
hunter seems to think that Stephan Lewandowsky and John Cook are one and the same person, and hints at his own conspiracy theory:
January 12, 2016 at 9:10 amThey really are a treat these conspiracy theorising climate science deniers, aren't they.
Lewandowsky and his sock puppet Cook deserve all of the opprobrium they are getting and then some.
The publications and faux science societies and politicians who have promoted their bilge deserve a good share as well.
References and further reading
Lewandowsky, Stephan, Klaus Oberauer, and Gilles E. Gignac. "NASA faked the moon landing—therefore,(climate) science is a hoax an anatomy of the motivated rejection of science." Psychological Science 24, no. 5 (2013): 622-633. doi: 10.1177/0956797612457686 (pdf here)
Lewandowsky, Stephan, John Cook, Klaus Oberauer, Scott Brophy, Elisabeth A. Lloyd, and Michael Marriott. (2015). "Recurrent fury: Conspiratorial discourse in the blogosphere triggered by research on the role of conspiracist ideation in climate denial." Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 3 (1). doi: 10.5964/jspp.v3i1.443. (open access)
- Curses! It's a conspiracy! The Fury is Back Thrice Over - July 2015
- Recursive furies, hurt feelings or confected outrage - March 2014
- Anthony Watts weakly protests Recurrent Fury - the reaction from WUWT - July 2015
- Boxing Day Special: NASA faked the moon landing - a Christmas gift from WUWT - December 2013
- Irony alert! More conspiracy plots discovered at WUWT and elsewhere...- August 2014