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Joseph Henderson

Joseph Henderson is a student in the Ph.D. program in Teaching, Curriculum and Change at the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester.

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  1. Joseph Henderson
    Joseph Henderson at |

    Here’s the reference for that paper:
    Kahan, D. M., Jenkins-Smith, H., & Braman, D. (2010) Cultural cognition of scientific consensus. Journal of Risk Research, doi:10.1080/13669877.2010.511246

  2. Stephanie
    Stephanie at |

    This was really interesting.  As we were discussing the other night, I really think climate science needs a PR campagin – first to make this stuff “cool” and eventually to bring it around as a mainstream ideology.

    I think the challenge you face, though, is that people really don’t like being told that they are doing something wrong or that they shouldn’t be doing x, y, or z.  So I think the primary focus should be on developing and integrating alternative ways to “do stuff” (like driving, for example), that have zero or less impact on climate. 

    Easier said than done, of course.  Thought-provoking article!

  3. Nahoko Kawakyu O'Connor
    Nahoko Kawakyu O'Connor at |

    Sounds like it was an inspiring conference.  So much of the dialogue that you seem to have witnessed and are calling upon seem to me like they have to be nested in a mutual, trusting, and respectful dynamic/relationship.  Thank you also for the poignant reminder that simply more ‘evidence’ is not enough!  Great title.

  4. Julie White
    Julie White at |

    Very interesting, Joe.  If science were enough to change behaviors, we’d all brush and floss 3 times/day, exercise regularly, eat a nutritious diet, etc. etc.  It would be interesting to look behavioral change research from other fields, including health promotion, marketing, psychology, to see what lessons might be drawn to apply to attitudes about climate change.

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