16 October 2015
GCI's new  Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry -- John Cook.
GCI's new Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry -- John Cook.

 

GCI’s Climate Change Research Fellow John Cook has won another international plaudit for his efforts debunking climate change denial.

The influential New York based publication Skeptical Inquirer has elected John Cook as a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.

The mission of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry is to ‘promote scientific inquiry, critical investigation, and the use of reason in examining controversial and extraordinary claims.’ Fellows of CSI are selected for their ‘distinguished contributions to science and scepticism’.

John Cook established and maintains the Skeptical Science website, one of the top online sources of information about climate science and climate denialism, which won the 2011 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for the Advancement of Climate Change Knowledge.

He co-authored the college textbook Climate Change Science: A Modern Synthesis and the book Climate Change Denial: Heads in the Sand. And his writing was included in Best Australian Science Writing 2014, a collection of Australia’s finest science writing of the year.

In 2013 his paper Quantifying the Consensus on Anthropogenic Global Warming in the Scientific Literature was awarded the best paper published in Environmental Research Letters.

He developed the hugely successful UQ Massive Online Open Course, Making Sense of Climate Science Denial

He has a B.S. in physics and is currently completing a PhD in cognitive psychology, researching how people think about climate change.

He and colleague Stephan Lewandowsky (also a newly elected CSI fellow) wrote The Debunking Handbook, a guide about the problems of, and best strategies for, debunking anti-science myths.

More information about John Cook's award here.

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