Friends of Science Society Says New Research Paper “Convulsive Flurry” Illustrates the Ideation Driving Anthropogenic Global Warming Believers who Claim Exxon Knew

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Friends of Science Society says a new research paper entitled “Convulsive Flurry: Conspiracy, Consensus, Motivation: A Corollary to Lewandowsky et al (2015)” published on SSRN indicates that believers in human-caused global warming theory are driven by similar ideation about “Big Oil” to that ascribed by researcher Lewandowsky. According to Friends of Science, the recent flurry of ‘news’ articles like that of the National Observer of April 26, 2016, claiming that “Exxon knew” about climate change are silly, as geologists have studied some 600 million years of climate change and agree climate changes, by contrast human effect is nominal.

Most people have little understanding of the long-term, dramatic natural climate changes on earth.

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Friends of Science Society says a recent article in the National Observer published April 26, 2016, attacking the Canadian arm of Exxon is a good example of the distorted ideation found in hundreds of responses to the Friends of Science billboard campaigns, as described in a recent research paper entitled “Convulsive Flurry: Conspiracy, Consensus, Motivation: A Corollary to Lewandowsky et al (2015)” published on SSRN – Social Science Research Network.

The research paper “Convulsive Flurry,” currently a top download, is based on the blast of emails and complaints the Friends of Science Society received during one portion of their 2014 billboard campaign. The comments were anonymized and then assessed for word themes, revealing that most respondents were obsessed with paranoia about “Big Oil.”

“We thought the billboards would stimulate lively debate on the matter,” says Michelle Stirling, Communications Manager for Friends of Science. “Most people have little understanding of the long-term, dramatic natural climate changes on earth or the effect of the sun.”

In a series of YouTube video interview clips for Friends of Science, Dr. John D. Harper, former director of the Geological Survey of Canada, explains that today’s focus on the past 100 years of climate change is ‘out-of-context’ with the 600 million years of geologic evidence of natural climate change. Well-documented evidence shows a repeating cycle of climate change, from glaciation to temperate times, to tropical heat, and to extreme evaporitization – when salt beds were formed. According to Dr. Harper, carbon dioxide rise is a consequence of natural warming, not the cause and climate will always change, we can’t stop it.

Dr. Harper will be the special guest Science speaker at the Friends of Science Society’s May 10, 2016 event at the Red and White Club in Calgary. Speaking on the political viewpoint of that “Climate Leadership Catastrophe” will be broadcaster, author and provocateur Ezra Levant. Tickets are available through Friends of Science website or at Eventbrite.

The National Observer article of April 26, 2016, cites a paper by H.R. Holland written Jan. 30, 1970 entitled “Pollution is Everybody’s Business” from the Exxon archive files in the Glenbow Museum.

Stirling says “People should read the original paper. Mr. Holland actually offered a very balanced view of social needs and stressed the requirement to reduce pollution, while also addressing numerous other important social needs.”

Friends of Science holds the view that the sun is the main driver of climate change, not you and not CO2.

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