Dark last night, so the sun cannot not be real.
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"Even scacier why is people thinking global warming is no longer real. One major reason pollsters say is because we had a very cold snowy winter. This is like saying, 'the sun may not be real because last night it got dark. Or, my car is not real because I cannot find my keys."
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May 29, 2012
There's that saying "If it wasn't created by logic, it can't be dislodged by logic".
This statement is easily dismissed with "But climate science isn't the sun. The sun is real, climate science is only a theory." Then you get into arguing/debating about that...
The trouble with logic is that it leads to argument, and even if you 'win' the argument, views don't change because ultimately they're not based on logic.
Just my perspective... thanks for posting Brian.
May 29, 2012
Thank you for posting this response. No, I would not use that statement with someone who is very dismissive or doubtful about climate change. It would backfire and make them feel defensive to make such a strong statement. The key with interacting with contrarians is to be likable, let them feel like you are genuinely listening to them, but hold your ground (disagree without being disagreeable).
However, I thought that statement was hilarious when I heard Bill Maher say it on youtube. It made me laugh and it may inspire another activist to laugh and take action also. It could be effective with someone who is undecided or cautious about climate change, and genuinely wants to know my response to statements that climate change is not real.
Again, the key that you, me, Tom, and others are aiming: know your audience. What works for one group may not work for another. The key is having enough tools (or soundbites) in your toolbox to rise up to the challenge.
Thanks for your perspective. May we keep challenging and cheering each other on to write better bites.
June 1, 2012
So I agree that "it depends on the audience." Indeed, that's the challenge -- to find the best way to tailor the climate message -- including bites -- to a given audience.
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