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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

March 27, 2014

10908 IRMACS
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, British Columbia

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 Simon Fraser University logodoesn’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.