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Canadians see scientists as elitists, distrust is growing

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According to an Ipsos poll commissioned by 3M Canada:

If you have felt a growing sense of distrust in science, you are not alone. This year, the 3M State of Science Index found that people’s skepticism of science is on the rise. In fact, 32% of Canadian adults feel skeptical about science this year, which is up from 25% in 2018.

We know from experience how important science is for the solutions we build. The fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are critical for solving the problems that Canada and our customers face. This skepticism of science puts our economy, our pipeline of STEM talent, and our environment at risk.

Richard Chartrand, “Science Centre” at 3M Canada

People who are throwing catfits about this growing distrust might be wise to avoid blaming ID or Donald Trump or whatever pops into their heads next. Look rather at what science has become.

Sure, Jeffrey Epstein. But what about the war on science waged on behalf of political correctness?

People who accept any of that kind of thing have no real message for the rest of us.

Note: 3M Canada’s response has been mere dismay, with no suggestion that it might be useful to ask whether anything has happened recently to cause the erosion of trust.

Sure. That’ll help.

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One Reply to “Canadians see scientists as elitists, distrust is growing

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    polistra says:

    As is typical in these laments, Chartrand answers his own question and doesn’t realize it.

    “This skepticism of science puts our economy, our pipeline of STEM talent, and our environment at risk.”

    People are skeptical of science PRECISELY BECAUSE scientists constantly SHOUT that skepticism endangers the world.

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