The latest science blog on the Seed platform is called Denialism. It is run by two people who, I deduce from their surname, are related: "Mark Hoofnagle is a MD/PhD Candidate in the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics at the University of Virginia. His interest in denialism concerns the use of denialist tactics to confuse public understanding of scientific knowledge. Chris Hoofnagle is an attorney with experience in consumer protection advocacy in Washington and Sacramento. His interest in denialism concerns the use of rhetorical tactics by various industries in thwarting responsible public policy. He is the author of The Denialists' Deck of Cards."
Here's a link to one of their first Seed posts: denialism blog : Unified theory of the crank. The post begins with a quote from Nature (the journal for which I work):
A crank is defined as a man who cannot be turned.
- Nature, 8 Nov 1906
It goes on: "Here at denialism blog, we're very interested in what makes people cranks. Not only how one defines crankish behavior, but literally how people develop unreasonable attitudes about the world in the face of evidence to the contrary. Our definition of a crank, loosely, is a person who has unreasonable ideas about established science or facts that will not relent in defending their own, often laughable, version of the truth. Central to the crank is the "overvalued idea". That is some idea they've incorporated into their world view that they will not relinquish for any reason."
I can see we are going to have some sparks in future here, with AIDS denialists (as they are already called), climate sceptics, creationists and ID-ers, "anti-theory of relativity-ers", creators of perpetual motion machines, and all the others among the convinced. I look forward to it (I think). Clare will probably like it, too.