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Extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of crowds

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Someone suggested that the manmade climate change mania will end up as one of the great historical episodes of mass hysteria, ranking with the best or worst of  the popular delusions catalogued by a Scottish journalist and written up in a book in 1841.

The subjects of Mackay’s debunking include economic bubbles, alchemy, crusades, witch-hunts, prophecies, fortune-telling, magnetisers (influence of imagination in curing desease), shape of  hair and beard(influence of politics and religion on), murder, popular follies of great cities, popular admiration of great thieves, duels, and relics.

Check out Andrew Bolt to keep abreast of the breaking news on climategate and cognate matters. Other suggestions are invited. There must be other sites dedicated to exposing the scams.

PS. How long can the skeptics in the ALP be kept under wraps?

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Written by Rafe

December 22, 2009 at 9:09 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Honestly Rafe, the correct spelling is d.e.l.u.s.i.o.n.s

    rog

    December 22, 2009 at 9:33 pm

  2. The core premise of the global warming hypothesis is that human-produced CO2 causes temperature rises. Unfortunately all we have is weak correlational evidence for that claim.
    .
    Everything else is built on that premise.

    daddy dave

    December 22, 2009 at 9:48 pm

  3. Will it out do the hysteria about Saddam’s WMDs?

    Steve Edney

    December 22, 2009 at 10:07 pm

  4. And you point is, rog?

    Oh, I see, you are agreeing that AGW is a myth spread by grant-hungry scientists, eco-nuts who need religion and po0liticians who love power for its own sake.

    Rococo Liberal

    December 23, 2009 at 8:17 am

  5. another good source for climategate and AGW science is http://climateaudit.org/, steve mcintyre’s blog.

    dr00

    December 23, 2009 at 1:49 pm


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