Archive for September 15th, 2008

One of the bones of contention in political discussions of climate change is how to refer to those who reject climate science.  Three terms offer themselves: Skeptics, Contrarians, and Deniers, but which to use?

Contrarian‘ is easily rejected as it seems to be a term used mostly within the investment community for a specific investment behaviour, and hence to broaden the definition just confuses things.

‘Denier’ is deeply resented as it is claimed that it is meant to suggest ‘Holocaust Denier’, although that is not true.  ‘Denier’ simply means ‘Denier’, hence the necessity of a qualifier such as “Holocaust” or “Climate Change”.


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