Denialism and Stupidity

Those who deny the conventional wisdom are sometimes right, such as when a minority of us did not believe the arguments from the Bush administration for going to war in Iraq. All too often denialsts base their views not on greater wisdom but based upon bigotry or religious indoctrination. As these denialists must often ignore overwhelming evidence against their viewpoints, they often share another trait–stupidity. The lack of understanding of science has often been discussed with regards to those who deny the validity of evolution or the scientific consensus on climate change.

Respectful Insolence has a post today on Holocaust denial, pointing out that, “By their very belief in Holocaust denial, Holocaust deniers demonstrate day in and day out that they aren’t the sharpest knives in the drawer.” Orac reviews the claims a couple of Holocaust deniers, demonstrating their stupidity.

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