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    Sun dog

    If she based her Climate Change beliefs based solely on the word of Bill O'Reilly, then yes indeed she did come from a vacuum. A bubble if you will. Non-scientists should never be the last word on matters of science.. that's my point. Now it's wonderful that this woman has apparently opened her mind based on this movie, but again, she is basing not only her beliefs but her course of action to persuade others based on a) a Fox News personality and b) a movie.

    Does anyone even bother with the scientific literature?

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      Does anyone even bother with the scientific literature?
       But I think we'd have to be obtuse to believe that we're ever going to get anything like a majority of Americans to do the same.  I agree with Carl Sagan that it takes something easy to approach and even entertaining to reach most of the public.  

      I think it's a matter of responsibility for people who know better to find ways to reach more of the public and that's exactly what a film like this is all about.  And here we see an example of it having an impact.  

      It's a genuine conflict between people who intentionally stoke ignorance and those who seek to enlighten.  I don't think we'll ever win it by scolding people about what they should be reading or watching.  That's a discussion that should be directed at our educational system.  Once we're talking about reaching a tragically blinkered adult population I think the best we can do is hope to reach them through mediums that they're open to already.  

      When truth is only a matter of opinion, advantage goes to the liars.

      by Sun dog on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 10:43:11 AM PST

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