On climate change denialists
David Edmunds writes: Re. "Rundle: Howard and Abbott are delusional, self-indulgent, climate-denying throwbacks"
If Guy Rundle was to look up AFL wooden spoon tables he would find that St Kilda had by far the worst record of any AFL team. He could attempt to explain this to a supporter of the team, replete with plenty of statistical examples showing that St Kilda are a bunch of losers, but would probably not have much success. That is, the allegiance of a St Kilda supporter is not dependent on some proof that the team is superior, but on something much more basic. The supporter might even claim that statistics are irrelevant, and St Kilda just is the best. This is cognitive dissonance.