Our video of the week is a bit longer than usual: it’s a full-length lecture by Dr. Richard Milne from the University of Edinburgh entitled “Critical Thinking on Climate Change: Separating Skepticism from Denial.” Dr. Milne offers a clear and compelling explanation of the difference between true skeptics (who help move science forward by asking tough, legitimate questions) and deniers (who cherry-pick data, rely on false experts, and use other questionable techniques to advance a viewpoint in the face of scientific evidence).
For more discussion about what constitutes true scientific controversies and how they are resolved (or not), read our module Ideas in Science: Scientific Controversy.
For more about how visuals, such as graphs, are used and misused, check out our module Data: Using Graphs and Visual Data.
You might also be interested in other lectures in the University of Edinburgh’s series “Our Changing World.”
And, as always, we love getting your comments. Please let us know what you think!
Written by Christine Hoekenga
Christine is a freelance writer, editor, and content strategist, specializing in science and nature. She holds an Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science and Media Studies and a Master's of Science Writing. She has been working in science communication and education for nearly a decade as a journalist, an organizer for conservation groups, and a museum educator. Before joining the Visionlearning team, she served as the New Media and Online Community Manager for the Webby award-winning Smithsonian Ocean Portal. Christine is assisting Visionlearning with developing new modules and glossary terms, managing the blog, and outreach through social media.