|Residence||United States of America|
|Citizenship||United States of America|
|Fields||Physiology, Medicine, Global warming|
|Institutions||University of Virginia|
|Alma mater||University of Virginia|
|Known for||Study of climate change denial|
Mark Hoofnagle (born —) is an American surgery resident and blogger. He uses the term "denialism", especially in relation to global warming, to label tactics he believes reduce public understanding of scientific knowledge. Hoofnagle, with his brother Chris Hoofnagle, a law professor at the University of California, he runs the website denialism.com as well as the "denialism blog" at ScienceBlogs.
Global warming denialism
Hoofnagle defines denialism as the employment of rhetorical arguments to give the appearance of legitimate debate where there is none, an approach that has the ultimate goal of rejecting a proposition on which a scientific consensus exists.
Hoofnagle writes about tactics used to "confuse public understanding of scientific knowledge." Together with his brother Chris Hoofnagle, a consumer-interest lawyer, he maintains www.denialism.com, which outlines their definition of the denialist's "Deck of Cards" — tactics used to derail public discourse.
"Denialist tactics are easier to employ than engaging in a good-faith dialogue about political and social problems. Agreeing to a dialogue creates risks, most notably the chance that problems needing legislative or regulatory attention will be unearthed," said Chris Jay Hoofnagle.
Mark Hoofnagle has written a "how-to" article on being a crank scholar. He has blogged on additional topics as far-ranging as gun control, homeschooling and supreme court rulings on genetics.
- "denialism blog". ScienceBlogs. Retrieved 2010-03-21.
- Hoofnagle, Mark (2009-03-11). "Climate change deniers: failsafe tips on how to spot them". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-03-21.
- "'Denialism' and muddying the waters: denialism spans the ideological spectrum and is about tactics rather than politics or partisanship". Goliath Business News. Retrieved 2010-03-21.
- "Denialists' Deck of Cards". www.denialism.com. Retrieved 2010-03-22.
- "Everything You Wanted to Know About Being a Crank Scholar but Were Afraid to Ask". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved 2010-03-21.