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  • Writer's pictureCharles Hinckley

Consensus on Consensus .....

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It's concerning, polls of Europeans last year found that people felt that claimant change was agreed by approximately 60% of scientists. In fact, the number is over 97%. This just illustrates how effective the voice of the status quo is.

See the attached Consensus Handbook: Cook, J., van der Linden, S., Maibach, E., & Lewandowsky, S. (2018). The Consensus Handbook. DOI:10.13021/G8MM6P. Available at

See also an interesting article: S. van Der Linden, "The Gateway Belief Model (GBM): A review and research agenda for communicating the scientific consensus on climate change, Current Opinion in Psychology, 23 January 2021. How interesting it is that the debate regarding climate change is being lead by social scientists - the actual science has been long settled.

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