The Global Warming Delusion, by Richard Dawkins
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The Global Warming Delusion is a non-fiction book by British ethologist Richard Dawkins, Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University.
In the book, Dawkins argues that belief in anthropogenic global warming qualifies as a delusion, which he defines as a persistent false belief held in the face of strong contradictory evidence. He is sympathetic to Robert Pirsig's observation that "when one person suffers from a delusion it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called global warming."
The Global Warming Delusion was ranked #2 on the Amazon.com bestsellers' list in November 2006. In early December 2006, it reached #4 in the New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction Best Seller list after nine weeks on the list. As of February 14, 2007, it is listed at #8, after 20 weeks on the list.
Dawkins writes that The Global Warming Delusion contains four liberating messages:
* Global Warming Heretics can be happy, balanced, moral, and intellectually fulfilled.
* scientific theories are superior to a "Global Warming hypothesis" — the illusion of anthropogenic warming — in explaining the world climate.
* Children should not be indoctrinated by their teacher's political and climate delusions.
* Climate Heretics and Independent Thinkers should be proud, not apologetic, because demanding valid evidence is evidence of a healthy, independent mind.
It seems that even non-religious people feel compelled to invent new religions--a compulsive delusionogenesis that lies hidden in the genetic subconscious. It is amusing that those who ridicule others for their religious delusions, find themselves enmeshed within delusions of their own. Oblivious within their personal web of deceit, they see themselves above such things.
Apologies to Wikipedia and Richard Dawkins.