Chris Mooney, in the Washington Post:
So what’s the upshot? Obviously, both politics and religious beliefs contribute to science resistance, and the relative influence of one over the other varies on an issue-by-issue basis. The role of religion is very strong on the evolution issue, far weaker on the climate issue, and somewhere in between on the stem cell issue. And if you picked other issues to examine, you would assuredly find different results yet again. More [including snazzy chart art].
But like we said before, de Nile is a river in Egypt. All the term “science denial” means in the context is that a suspect claim has not been successfully sold as “science.”
No surprise, religious people don’t buy naturalist theories about humans, and people who really do need and want to work don’t buy falsehoods about “shovel-ready” green jobs.
The only recipe for changing well-earned public doubt is: Either end representative government or prevent information from reaching the public.
See also: Massimo Pigliucci takes no prisoners in his war on “denialism”
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