Denialism Squared

November 16, 2009

Oh great. Now what are we to believe? First there’s this list of 450 peer-reviewed papers authored by alleged climate deniers, and then this denial of denialism by policy science whipping-boy Roger Pielke Jr.

This leads me to introduce my new variation on an old logic puzzle, the Denier’s Paradox: “I hereby deny everything about my next sentence. I thereby affirm the previous sentence.” Ahh, a performative conundrum only a philosopher could love.


  1. My favorite comment ever on a blog was over at Joe Romm’s where someone explained that my denying being a denier reinforced my denier credentials 😉 The climate debate is full of performative conundrums.

  2. Just as an aside, “Performative Conundrum” would be a great name for a rock band.

  3. So would “John Fleck and the Flecktones,” but who’s counting?

  4. Nothing tops Groucho’s statement that he would never want to be a member of a club that would have him.

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