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We tend to reject what is true but unpleasant... Featured

"It is the nature of the human species to reject what is true but unpleasant, and to embrace what is obviously false but comforting."

Bite Source: Generally attributed to H.L. Mencken, but not found in his writings.

Notes:   Denial is a universal human tendency to reject new information that is threatening -- to our peace-of-mind, our worldview, our self-esteen, or our social standing.   We all do it.  Some denial carries little or no consequence.   In other cases -- e.g. early symptoms of cancer or heart disease -- it can be catastrophic.    

A big challenge for climate change communicators is to address the issue of denial head-on, normalize it and correct  misinformation, without inadvertantly offending honest skeptics who are genuinely trying to decide who to believe.

Image source:  See Tools/Humor/Cartoons/"Voting With Their Feet"

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Submitted by
Tom Smerling
Created
2011-05-13