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Lott – “American Psychological Association proposes using tricks to change views on environmental issues”

Posted by iusbvision on August 23, 2008

Dr. John Lott – “American Psychological Association proposes using tricks to change views on environmental issues.  The American Psychological Association seriously proposes that:”

Armed with new research into what makes some people environmentally conscious and others less so, the 148,000-member American Psychological Association is stepping up efforts to foster a broader sense of eco-sensitivity that the group believes will translate into more public action to protect the planet.

We know how to change behavior and attitudes. That is what we do,” says Yale University psychologist Alan Kazdin, association president. “We know what messages will work and what will not.” . . .

In two studies, psychologist Amara Brook of California’s Santa Clara University and colleague Jennifer Crocker of the University of Michigan asked 212 undergraduates about their ecological footprint. For those not heavily invested in the environment, negative feedback about their ecological footprint actually undermines their environmental behavior, they found.

“Rather than changing their ways to protect the environment, the results of this study suggest that these (people) may give up on their efforts to protect the environment,” they report.

But negative feedback for those more invested in the environment promotes more sustainable behavior, they found.

This is not the first time the American Psychological Association (APA) has saught to change the culture with social/political activism. The APA has supported the goals of the homosexual lobby, has come out against abstinence programs, but the area that they got in the most trouble for was when they moved to normalize pedophilia. I followed that scandal with great interest. Dr. Laura, who was at the top of her radio career at the time, rallied people against the APA. Pedophile groups praised it and promised to use the APA’s statements in court. States passed resolutions against it and even Congress was starting to take notice when the APA reversed itself and went into super spin mode denying that they ever tried to move to normalize it. Even now APA members aggressively deny this history.

Does it seem like science organizations spend too little time on science instead pf cloaking social/political goals in phony scholarship?

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