QUOTATION # 39.

“Denialism has moved from the fringes to the center of public discourse, helped in part by new technology.

As information becomes freer to access online, as “research” has been opened to anyone with a web browser, as previously marginal voices climb on to the online soapbox, so the opportunities for countering accepted truths multiply.

No one can be entirely ostracized, marginalized and dismissed as a crank anymore.”

MOTHER AND TWO: Yomi Momoh, acrylic on paper, 15 x 20 cm, 2009; signed and dated lower left corner, title verso. Private collection, purchased from Artists Alliance Gallery.

 

“The sheer profusion of voices, the plurality of opinions, the cacophony of the controversy, are enough to make anyone doubt what they should believe.

It appears that nothing works in the campaign to make humanity aware of the threat it faces.

The obstinacy with which people can stick to disproved notions is attested to in the social sciences and in neuroscientific research.

Denialism is a post‑enlightenment phenomenon, a reaction to the “inconvenience” of many of the findings of modern scholarship.

Denialism is also a reaction to the inconvenience of the moral consensus that emerged in the post-enlightenment world.”

 KEITH KAHN-HARRIS.

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