Thanks for your replies everyone. This is really helpful.
I am just amazed at how today people will listen to any critic of scientific consensus, and then swear they have facts and knowledge and now know more than practicing experts. It’s amazing to me.
For example, one person I know is staunchly anti-vaccine. I always ask him, what do you know that practicing virologist, immunologist and epidemiologist don’t know. The answer is always incoherent or he will send something that is debunked by scientists.
To be honest, I don’t know how we got to this point as a society. How did we get to the point that so many people think their untrained opinions and/or folks on social media with no training or grasp of the relevant sciences know vastly more than trained practicing scientists, health officials and entire professions. Perhaps the most shocking example is when someone in Texas thought the snow storm earlier this year was fake ice because it did not melt. In. America.
Yet, what I also find fascinating is when these same individuals need help, the first place they run to is the hospital to be treated by the very scientists who they claimed were wrong.
I have learned over the past year that you can convince humans of anything. You can even convince humans to not see what is directly in front of them, or to see something that is not there. You can convince humans to bring about their own demise, and you can convince humans to delude themselves or believe any lie.
The science and observations that debunk these conspiracy and anti-science views are widely available yet folks lie and say there is no science to support the consensus position. For example despite volumes of studies showing mask and vaccine efficacy, people will go on social media and get tens of thousands of likes for saying there is no science to support mask wearing or vaccine efficacy.
What I have started to do in my discussions with folks is just ask them for the science behind their position and I will accept nothing less. Don’t get me wrong, I am not into scientism - the belief that science is the only valid way or the most effective way to know reliable truths about reality. However, what I find is that the position of science-deniers and anti vaccine folks is so abundantly and easily contradicted by the science that their positions are easy to refute.
At any rate, I digress. Returning to climate science, I will be diving into the information shared on this thread.