Why do people misunderstand climate change? Heuristics, mental models and ontological assumptions

@article{Chen2011WhyDP,
  title={Why do people misunderstand climate change? Heuristics, mental models and ontological assumptions},
  author={X. Chen},
  journal={Climatic Change},
  year={2011},
  volume={108},
  pages={31-46}
}
  • X. Chen
  • Published 2011
  • Computer Science
  • Climatic Change
Studies have indicated that many people misunderstand climate change. Equipped with a limited mental model they inappropriately use a pattern matching heuristics to analyze climate change and mistakenly believe that we can stabilize atmospheric CO2 by keeping anthropogenic emissions at current rates. Drawing on the findings from cognitive and developmental psychology, I argue that the widespread misunderstanding of climate change may arise from an error in people’s ontological assumptions. The… Expand
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