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Genius Physicist Dyson: Global Warming Is a Religion Where Belief Is Strong, Evidence Weak

(p. 8) On to controversial topics: What books would you recommend on climate science? On the relationship between science and religion?

On climate science, I recommend "Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming," by Bjorn Lomborg. On science and religion, "The Varieties of Religious Experience," by William James. Lomborg is an economist, and James was a psychologist. Both books were written by skeptics, with understanding and respect for the beliefs that they were questioning. The reason why climate science is controversial is that it is both a science and a religion. Belief is strong, even when scientific evidence is weak.

For the full interview, see:

"Freeman Dyson: By the Book." The New York Times Book Review (Sun., April 16, 2015): 8.

(Note: bold in original.)

(Note: the online version of the interview has the date April 19, 2015.)

The Lomborg book recommended by Dyson, is:

Lomborg, Bjørn. Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2007.

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