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UCTV: Why do people reject good science?

08/11/2018

Very interesting and an excellent presentation – makes many very interesting points

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. Eugenie Scott, Founding Executive Director, National Center for Science Education, 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 opposition to climate change, and to other questions of the rejection of empirical evidence. Recorded on 10/03/2018. Series: “UC Berkeley Graduate Lectures” [11/2018] [Show ID: 34010]

This lecture seeks to address one of the key questions seen worldwide today.

Whilst the lecture is somewhat skewed to evolution and climate science rejection, but the thesis is relevant as well to the issues related to vaccination and GMO issues.

In NZ and indeed elsewhere for instance Green groups love to embrace science when it comes to climate change, but reject science when it comes to GM crops for example.

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