Climate Change Delusion: An Interview

By July 11, 2008Global Warming

This story is getting lots of attention in the blogosphere:

PSYCHIATRISTS have detected the first case of “climate change delusion” – and they haven’t even yet got to Kevin Rudd and his global warming guru.

Writing in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, Joshua Wolf and Robert Salo of our Royal Children’s Hospital say this delusion was a “previously unreported phenomenon”.

“A 17-year-old man was referred to the inpatient psychiatric unit at Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne with an eight-month history of depressed mood . . . He also . . . had visions of apocalyptic events.” …[snip]

“The patient had also developed the belief that, due to climate change, his own water consumption could lead within days to the deaths of millions of people through exhaustion of water supplies.”

Here at we have an exclusive interview with the young man. Much of what he said made little sense, but this 17-second audio clip  was half-lucid.

For a more analytical take on the phenomenon, we commend this column by the Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens, “Global Warming as Mass Neurosis.”

The clip is actually from “The Adventure of the Mad Miners of Cardiff,” an episode of the Sherlock Holmes radio show, April 11, 1949, with John Stanley as Holmes. Turns out the raving was all a put on, part of a plot to cheat a well-meaning employer out of her money.

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