Why Do People Reject Good Science?

Eugenie C. Scott

Why Do People Reject Good Science?

Eugenie C. Scott
October 28, 2017

Excalibur Hotel & Resort
3850 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas NV 89109

A talk for CSICON, the national scientific skepticism meeting.

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, the antivaccination movement, the public’s opposition to climate change, and to other questions of the rejection of empirical evidence.

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