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Status report on temporary CCP Lab relocation

we (my chief co-analyst & I) have arrived & resumed operations.  

A short photojournal of our relocation process:

1. Travelling (in custom-designed unit to avoid annoying paparazzi)
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2. Wrestling w/ research problem in new work space
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3. Taking a short break ....
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Reader Comments (3)

Security considerations eliminated inclusion of actual photos in photo journal?

January 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGaythia Weis

@Dan - I just read "Hey Joe": "Practical scholarship" on climate "science communication" and it's especially interesting to see you engaging with hot blooded climate change activists. (by the way, anyone who calls you lazy should take a look at this blog). I'm just a 64 year old unpublished, math Ph.D. drop-out guy whose midlife crisis is throwing me into the world of thought in a far bigger way than I was ever into it before -- inspired by IMO a huge breakdown of a fragile and very contingent muddlingly practical common sense about where to get ones news and not-too-wrong opinions (with 3+1 networks and a fairness doctrine) and no right wing blogs or cable channels.

I think you may be more "in the right ballpark" than anyone else out there analyzing these issues. I've been disappointed by a lot, from Massimo Pigliucci to (and colonies of people who started out there like to George Lakoff and his "framing the issues" to crashing social epistemology workshops (the analytic Goldman et al side too precious; the Steve Fuller side with its postmodernism and pull towards utopian singularity-ism), and "media ecology" people who would do better IMO if they thought about "economics of ideas" (a phrase that AFAIK nobody uses in my sense) instead of "ecologies"

Can you think of a list of your writings that would take me on a "grand tour" of what you're up to?

Thanks, Hal

January 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHal Morris

@Hal Morris--
I think you have pretty much found the place. I'd say key "theory" writings, though, are ...

Kahan, D.M. What is the "science of science communication"? J. Sci. Comm, 14, 1-12 (2015).

Kahan, D.M. Climate-Science Communication and the Measurement Problem. Advances in Political Psychology 36, 1-43 (2015).

Kahan, D.M. The Supreme Court 2010 Term—Foreword: Neutral Principles, Motivated Cognition, and Some Problems for Constitutional Law Harv. L. Rev. 126, 1-77 (2011)

Kahan, D.M. The Cognitively Illiberal State. Stan. L. Rev. 60, 115-154 (2007).

BTW, I don't understand my disagreement w/ "Joe" to be a fight w/ a "hot blooded climate change activist." I understand it to be a disagreement a scholar -- actually a small group of scholars -- who have a conception of the science of science communication that is both contrary to norms of scientific inquiry and inimical to the stake that real-world actors have in access to the best available knowledge.

January 24, 2016 | Registered CommenterDan Kahan
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