Scientists are often puzzled when members of the public reject what we consider to be well-founded explanations. They can’t understand why the presentation of scientific data and theory doesn’t suffice to convince others of the validity of “controversial” topics like evolution and climate change. Recent research highlights the importance of ideology in shaping what scientific conclusions are considered reliable and acceptable. This research is quite relevant to the evolution wars, the anti-vac movement, the public’s opposition to climate change, and to other questions of the rejection of empirical evidence.
Eugenie C. Scott is the former executive director of the National Center for Science Education and an internationally known expert on the creationism and evolution controversy and science denialism. She is the author of Evolution vs Creationism: An Introduction.
This talk took place at CSICon Las Vegas on Saturday, October 28th, 2017.