Groupthink, Pal Review and Climate Fraud

By Dr. John Happs

A little over two decades ago, Dr. Irving Janis, professor of psychology at Yale University, published Groupthink in which he explained how a group of like-minded people could share a common belief or goal whilst completely ignoring any evidence that challenged that belief.

Groupthink occurs when members of a group share a feeling of solidarity and a desire to maintain relationships within the group. Janis pointed out that the “superglue” of solidarity within the group often causes their thinking to be impaired.

Climate alarmism driven by a number of activist scientists, stands out as a prime example of groupthink. The emails leaked from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia pointed to a group of scientists, intent on promoting catastrophic anthropogenic global warming alarmism whilst ignoring evidence to the contrary and defending their climate alarmism at all costs. Those scientists were closely affiliated with the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and therein was the problem.

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2 thoughts on “Groupthink, Pal Review and Climate Fraud”

  1. Janis’ classic paper Victims of Groupthink was first published in 1972.

    I have tried to embed a png image of the first page here but it doesn’t like that. I could send it to him or this site to get it to him if he would like.

  2. Watch and listen to our (their) ABC. Has any ABC presenter or guest yet mentioned the regular solar cycle or global cooling? Not likely! Their ABC never has more than one perspective on any issue. Name an issue and you will know the ABC’s biased attitude to that issue – it’s obvious. Regarding climate it is always global warming… global warming… global warming… Don’t let these tricksters escape. Global cooling has arrived and in many parts of this planet, record cold has been experienced during the last few years. The ABC cannot pretend to be ignorant after it has endlessly maligned “climate deniers”.

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