Too many people don’t understand the meaning of scientific consensus

Let me stipulate at the outset here that I am not a scientist. Far from it. But I try my best to understand science, and I become frustrated by people who reject scientific consensus without a shred of good evidence — or any evidence, in some cases — simply because it runs counter to their political, cultural or religious beliefs. It’s that way with evolution and global warming. I know people who can’t bring themselves to embrace either concept — but also can’t offer scientific reasons for their dissent....

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Republican Party becoming increasingly hostile toward science

Paul Krugman NAILS IT: [The Republican Party’s] intellectual evolution (or maybe more accurately, its devolution) has reached a point of no return, in which allegiance to false doctrines has become a crucial badge of identity… Once upon a time it was possible to take climate change seriously while remaining a Republican in good standing. Today, listening to climate scientists gets you excommunicated… And truly crazy positions are becoming the norm.  A decade ago, only the G.O.P.’s extremist fringe asserted that global...

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Public skepticism about evolution, the Big Bang theory and global warming is widespread

The only solace I can take from a recent Associated Press poll on certain scientific matters is that skepticism is probably greatest among older folks (although the results I’ve seen don’t actually say so). All in all, however, there’s much in this survey that should be cause for concern. The story is HERE: Americans have more skepticism than confidence in global warming, the age of the Earth and evolution and have the most trouble believing a Big Bang created the universe 13.8 billion years ago… About 4 in 10 say they...

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Study: Exposure to right-wing media increases distrust of scientists

THIS shouldn’t surprise anyone who can read a stop sign without moving their lips: In the past several years, a number of polls have documented the huge gap between liberals and conservatives when it comes to their acceptance of the science of climate change. Naturally, then, researchers have increasingly turned their attention to trying to explain this dramatic divide over what is factually true. And it wasn’t long before they homed in on the role of conservative media in particular—thus, a number of studies show that watching...

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Bad news for Republicans: The 2013 Word of the Year is “science”

The Tea Party movement’s surge of influence in the Republican Party in recent years has given rise to all sorts of anti-science rhetoric among GOPers in the form of creationism, global-warming denialism and other nonsense. This benighted trend, I suspect, has been a factor in THIS SITUATION: Sorry, folks. Merriam-Webster’s word of the year is not “selfie.” And twerk is nowhere on the list, either. Unlike the lads and ladies over at Oxford, Merriam-Webster has declared “science” its 2013 word of the year.....

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