Thursday, March 29, 2012

Science Schmience

Conservative Distrust of Science (Inside Higher Ed)

     Just over 34 percent of conservatives had confidence in science as an institution in 2010, representing a long-term decline from 48 percent in 1974, according to a paper being published today in American Sociological Review.
     That represents a dramatic shift for conservatives, who in 1974 were more likely than liberals or moderates (all categories based on self-identification) to express confidence in science. While the confidence levels of other groups in science have been relatively stable, the conservative drop now means that group is the least likely to have confidence in science….

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

A good writer is audience centered. So clueless… LoL

Anonymous said...

11:49, are you referring to the author of this Inside Higher Ed piece? Make sense!

Anonymous said...

A writer, an inside joke, a message in a bottle, an audience, an assumption, an inference, a LoL.

You like mysteries, you figure it out.

Anonymous said...

Off your meds, 2:16? LoL

Anonymous said...

I am IVC's finest. Please regard me as a friend. =)

Anonymous said...

Republicans believe in science only when they think it won't affect their bottom line. Otherwise, as all they care about is money (and Jesus if it's free) they don't care if we're doomed.

Anonymous said...

We are doomed under Obama.

Anonymous said...

Did you notice, 1:25, that the Republicans in the Senate voted down Obama's proposal to end oil company subsidies, because, apparently, they need the money for R&D?

That's the crowd you support.

Anonymous said...

R&D has one of the greatest returns on investment.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if the "confidence in science" in the '70's was confidence in whether it could be moral, helpful to humanity, and capable of proceeding without getting us all annihilated. That might explain why liberals were *less* likely to have confidence in science then. (Or: maybe they were just flaky.) Now, amazingly, it seems that the lack of confidence in science (especially by conservatives) has to do with its ability to explain and predict the world; thus conservatives (in general) are inclined, without good reason, to doubt it--especially when it leads to inconvenient truths such as those about global climate change.

MAH

Roy Bauer said...

Yep

Anonymous said...

So,they don't believe in science, something that you can actually see, that can be proven, but they believe in a man-made construct of a guy who lives in the sky (ie God, holy spirit, Jesus, what have you). Interesting.

Anonymous said...

And--? 2:57?

Anonymous said...

Liberal distrust and disrespect for other people's private beliefs and religion.

Anonymous said...

Ah, 1:33, if only the theocrats kept it private--but they don't do they? Instead, they push for legislation based on their "private" belliefs--a bit unpleasant, eh?