It's Not Just About the Science

Eugenie C. Scott

It's Not Just About the Science

Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.
August 21, 2012
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
1201 Market Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

NCSE defends the teaching of evolution and climate change, two topics on which there is considerable scientific consensus but strong ideological pushback from the general public. How does one change the perception of the public to American Chemical Society logo: American Chemical Society logomore closely parallel that of scientists? The normal reaction of scientists is to bemoan the quality of science education, and propose that more and better science instruction will solve the problem. However, multifactorial problems require multifactorial solutions, and the rejection by a substantial proportion of the public of well-established science is certainly multifactorial. We need to go beyond science (and science education) to consider the underlying ideological sources of the rejection and how best to deal with them.

A presentation at the
Symposium honoring the retirement of Dr. Rudy Baum
at the
244th Annual Meeting of the
American Chemical Society

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