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Why do people reject good science? Reflections on the evolution and climate science wars

Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.

Eugenie C. Scott

November 12, 2013

UCMP 'Fishbowl' [enter behind T. rex tail, turn left]
Valley Life Science Building
University of California, Berkeley


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 both the evolution wars and the public’s opposition to climate change.