It's great, and lulzy. As it happens, public opinion on the science of climate change in Australia is far removed from the consensus that exists in the scientific world:
|Via Skeptic Science|
- Which number is bigger, 15 or 5?
- Do owls exist?
- Are there hats?
Tricky questions indeed. I created a Google Drive survey, which fires the last question at respondents. I was also curious to replicate a particular feature of public opinion, which is the fact that if you repeat an assertion enough, it becomes more true.
The survey's still open, and you can submit as many responses as you like. At the time of writing, there are a total of 73 'Yes' responses, and a 140 'No's. The jury's in - hats do not exist.
These results vindicate those groups who tout the 'consensus gap' as a victory:
Latest poll has 62% of Australian sceptical of AGW & @readfearn thinks we are fringe dwellers LOL @grumpydenier pic.twitter.com/A5YdUdBzfxMmmm, lol indeed. If we're to adopt their attitude of scientific vindication through public opinion, then we can say that there are no hats.
— Galileo Movement (@GalileoMovement) April 7, 2014