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limits of logic
Of course this is 'right' and logical, but I haven't seen logic be effective in persuading those who don't accept the science.

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.

No, I would not use this logic with a hard-core closed minded skeptic.
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.

Tom Smerlingby

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It depends on the audience
It's true, of course, that logic doesn't work with everybody. Neither does any other method of persuasion (humor, metaphor, storytelling, use of visuals, dialogue, shared values, moral appeal, irony, authority, "unusual suspects," etc. etc. )

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.

(For further exploration of this question, by authors or others, please consider using the Forum.)

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