Witches, God, climate change ... it's a matter of belief

People are inclined to believe what they want, with or without evidence. It makes the likelihood of a fruitful scientific debate on climate change seem remote, reports Michael Bachelard.

The Age has reported that just ''42 per cent of people [in Australia] believe in a wholly scientific explanation for the origins of life'', something that has been proven by science. By contrast, 34 per cent believe in UFOs and 22 per cent think witches exist'', something which has never been proven by science. Given this track record of acceptance of science, is it realistic to have a fruitful public debate on the science of climate change?

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