The Madhouse Effect

The Madhouse Effect

How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy

Book - 2016
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The award-winning climate scientist Michael E. Mann and the Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Tom Toles have been on the front lines of the fight against climate denialism for most of their careers. They have witnessed the manipulation of the media by business and political interests and the unconscionable play to partisanship on issues that affect the well-being of billions. The lessons they have learned have been invaluable, inspiring this brilliant, colorful escape hatch from the madhouse of the climate wars.

The Madhouse Effect portrays the intellectual pretzels into which denialists must twist logic to explain away the clear evidence that human activity has changed Earth's climate. Toles's cartoons collapse counter-scientific strategies into their biased components, helping readers see how to best strike at these fallacies. Mann's expert skills at science communication aim to restore sanity to a debate that continues to rage against widely acknowledged scientific consensus. The synergy of these two climate science crusaders enlivens the gloom and doom of so many climate-themed books--and may even convert die-hard doubters to the side of sound science.
Publisher: New York :, Columbia University Press,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780231177863
Branch Call Number: ANF 363.73874 MAN
Characteristics: xv, 186 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Toles, Tom - Author


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Jul 15, 2017

This is a very good book with very good insights and a very straightforward explanation of what global warming is and how people who find it inconvenient to their interests try to minimize the impact of this reality. The only potential problem for some readers of this book is that the author does not pull his punches much. As a "bleeding heart liberal" I was not surprised to read confirmation of what I see play out in politics in real life about denial of the harm we are doing today because it is more profitable to do so. Having said that, for the people who do not necessarily share this perspective, please do not be turned off. If you read the book for the core content and explanation of the science it is very good. Just remember under all the hyperbole that you should not believe in the science because science does not believe in anyone, it just is; your goal should be to understand it and make informed life decisions based on the reality of the situation that science reveals.

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