The 2012 winner of the not-very-prestigious “Trofim Denisovich Lysenko Science in Service to the State Award” is herewith presented by Mike Avramovich to Dr. Kari Marie Norgaard, Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon (GO DUCKS!). She is the author of Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions and Everyday Life, published by MIT Press in 2011, a book unreviewed by Touchstone or Salvo. Last week, Professor Norgaard presented a paper in London, England, at the “Planet Under Pressure” conference.

In her paper, Professor Norgaard argued that skepticism towards climate change must be recognized and treated as what it truly is: a disease reflecting aberrant sociological behavior. In her paper, she observed that eco-skeptics are similar to racists who supported slavery in the southern United States. (And I once thought that the skepticism for man-made climate change grew out of politicized and inaccurate data.) Now Professor Norgaard did not suggest a fitting treatment for the disease of eco-skepticism. Thomas Lifson, writing in American Thinker, observed about Professor Norgaard’s presented findings: “Warmism has become a religion, and Oregon is its spiritual capital, so this would-be priestess of the cult calling for unbelievers to be brainwashed fits a pattern seen before in history.”

This brings us to the famous Russian scientist, Trofim Denisovich Lysenko, who was director of the Soviet Lenin All-Union Academy of Agricultural Sciences under Joseph Stalin and for whom Professor Norgaard’s award is named. He rejected Mendelian genetics and developed his biological theories into a political-scientific movement referred to as Lysenkoism. Stalin really liked Lysenkoism as it fit his world view (did you realize that Stalin attended seminary as a young man? But I digress.). Wiki defines Lysenkoism as “the manipulation or distortion of the scientific process as a way to reach a predetermined conclusion as dictated by an ideological bias, often related to social or political objectives.”

In fact, in 1948, the Soviet Union under Stalin prohibited any scientific dissent from Lysenko’s theories, and opponents were purged and sent to prison camps or worse. So as we see, Professor Norgaard’s recommended suggestion is not exactly original. Other “scientists” at the London conference suggested that human beings be packed into much denser cities so that the rest of our planet can be surrendered to Mother Nature. One of the prominent conference attendees, Yale University Environmental School professor Karen Seto, was quoted by MSNBC, “We certainly don’t want them (human beings) strolling about the entire countryside. We want them to save land for nature by living closely together.”

If you want to send a congratulatory note or laudatory poem to Professor Norgaard or Professor Seto for their Lysenkonian scientific and sociological insights, you can reach to them at norgaard@uoregon.edu, or karen.seto@yale.edu, respectively. You can also post your accolades to the professors below. Please note, however, that just as in the old days, Dmitri will also transmit your message to Vladimir. And if, like me, you are an eco-skeptic, enjoy your country rambles and ambles before we are all moved to Detroit.