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:

  1. A good writer is audience centered. So clueless… LoL

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  2. 11:49, are you referring to the author of this Inside Higher Ed piece? Make sense!

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  3. 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.

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  4. Off your meds, 2:16? LoL

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

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  6. 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.

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  7. We are doomed under Obama.

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  8. 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.

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

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  10. 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

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  11. 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.

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

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  13. 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?

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