Recursive fury on the Internet

A new study tries to focus on fury on the Internet that’s defined by fury on the Internet:

Viren Swami, editor of the study

Viren Swami, editor of the study

Recursive fury: Conspiracist ideation in the blogosphere in response to research on conspiracist ideation,” Stephan Lewandowsky, John Cook, Klaus Oberauer and Michael Hubble, Frontiers in Personality Science and Individual Differences, vol. 4, no. 73, epub February 2, 2013. (Thanks to investigator Adam Orbit for bringing this to our attention.)

The article was edited by the remarkable Viren Swami (of breast and buttock ogling fame, among other fame) of the University of Westminster, UK. The authors, at the University of Western Australia, the University of Queensland, Australia, the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and Climate Realities Research, Australia, explain:

Lead author Lewandowsky

Lead author Lewandowsky

“Conspiracist ideation has been repeatedly implicated in the rejection of scientific propositions, although empirical evidence to date has been sparse. A recent study involving visitors to climate blogs found that conspiracist ideation was associated with the rejection of climate science and the rejection of other scientific propositions such as the link between lung cancer and smoking, and between HIV and AIDS (Lewandowsky, Oberauer, & Gignac, in press; LOG12 from here on). This article analyzes the response of the climate blogosphere to the publication of LOG12. We identify and trace the hypotheses that emerged in response to LOG12 and that questioned the validity of the paper’s conclusions. Using established criteria to identify conspiracist ideation, we show that many of the hypotheses exhibited conspiratorial content and counterfactual thinking.”

BONUS: An essay called “What Is Recursion?

  • charlesx

    The Research was so Improbable that it has now mysteriously vanished from from the journal website. Must be a conspiracy.

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