February 20, 2018

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (022018)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

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  1. Although this article is a bit dated, this is the first time I have seen it.

    Science denial not limited to political right
    September 19, 2017

    [...] A new study from social psychologists at the University of Illinois at Chicago and published online in Social Psychological and Personality Science suggests people of all political backgrounds can be motivated to participate in science denial. [...]

    “Not only were both sides equally likely to seek out attitude confirming scientific conclusions, both were also willing to work harder and longer when doing so got them to a conclusion that fit with their existing attitudes,” says Washburn, the lead author of the study. “And when the correct interpretation of the results did not confirm participants’ attitudes, they were more likely to view the researchers involved with the study as less trustworthy, less knowledgeable, and disagreed with their conclusions more.” [...]

    Rather than strictly a conservative phenomenon, science denial may be a result of a more basic desire of people wanting to see the world in ways that fit with their personal preferences, political or otherwise, according to the researchers. [...]

    “Before assuming that one group of people or another are anti-science because they disagree with one scientific conclusion, we should make an effort to consider different motivations that are likely at play, which might have nothing to do with science per se,” she said.

    Comment by Par for the Course — February 20, 2018 @ 8:22 am

  2. Well yeah. Like “life begins at concerption,” “creation is evidence of inteiligent design,” “people respond to incentives,” etc., etc.

    Comment by Tom — February 20, 2018 @ 1:27 pm

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