denial 101 …

Queensland University’s ranking ought to crash after the anti-science of the course started their last week. Fortunately, some were able to hold their noses for long enough to report back: UQ’s Denial 101x : Putting the stink in distinction

Guest Post By Tony Thomas*

A keen student, I have just completed Week One of John Cook’s MOOC at Queensland University: “Denial 101x – Making Sense of Climate Science Denial.”

A MOOC is a Massive Online Open Course, and Cook’s course has 13,000 students so far.  He is a Climate Communication Fellow for the Global Change Institute at the University  and author of the notorious 2013 study purporting to find a 97% climate consensus in the science literature.

One normally gets a buzz from study. But my brain needs a shower and scrub to feel clean again.


Science is all about questioning and investigating, not ‘consensus and denial’. I could never stomach the tripe offered here. Read Tony’s full report and the comments, where some intrepid skeptics had also dared to investigate.

13,000 students signed up? Looks like another one of Cook’s fantasies, just like his 97% fantasy, as only just over 2000 names are down as taking the course. Many are there for the entertainment value.

A free course that has no result, except to the Queensland University’s reputation and the taxpayer.

About Tom Harley

Amateur ecologist and horticulturalist and CEO of Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Inc. (Tom Harley)
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