I hate to give these people even negligible additional exposure. The recent screening of Durkin film on ABC here in Oz had me running a few searches and reading a few random pieces on, and by this mob.
So, taking it as well understood that they are dishonest, closed, malicious, scientifically ignorant (at least in public) – the question is do they have any principles at all?
Their “manifesto” site is an interesting read. Targetted at young people, it has a well written, and somewhat stirring manifesto, about “human centrism”, experimentation and striving to reach our potential. In my reading, philosophically it’s reasonable enlightenment principles gone off the deep end.
Incidentally, I think the ABC handled the screening rather well – it was followed by an interview of Durkin by ABC journalist Tony Jones in which he points out several of the films more obvious obfuscations, and makes Durkin look decidedly shifty. Subsequent to this a panel a discussion was held, in which Dr David Karoly effortlessly destroyed each and every denialist claim made. Good stuff, especially the psycho La Rouchite audience comments at the end.
Have to admit I’m subscribed to the Spiked RSS feed, and I do read a handful of their articles. I find them philosophically interesting, but I also find scant respect for evidence based science – they are more interested in the ideological character of, for example, the green movement, than in rationally examining questions around pollution, climate change, biodiversity.