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Why do people reject good science?

Eugenie C. Scott

Eugenie C. Scott

August 3, 2015

Gold/Small Room
Commonwealth Club of California
555 Post St.
San Francisco CA 94102


Scientists are often puzzled when members of the public reject what we consider to be well-founded explanations. They can’t understand why the presentation of scientific data and theory doesn’t suffice to convince others of the validity of “controversial” topics like evolution and climate change. Recent research highlights the importance of ideology in shaping what scientific conclusions are considered reliable and acceptable. This research is quite relevant to the evolution wars and the public’s opposition to climate change, and to other questions of the rejection of empirical evidence.

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