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From something I'm working on.... Who is fooling whom? Identity-protective cognition is a species of motivated reasoning that consists in the tendency of people to conform disputed facts (particularly ones relevant to political controversies) to positions associated with membership in one or another affinity group. I will present evidence—in the form of correlational studies, standardized assessment tests, and critical-reasoning experiments—that show that identity-protective […]
"You -- talking to me? Are *you* talking to *me?" Actually, no, I'm not; the data don't tell us how any individual thinks (or that your side is either "biased" or "right").
A thoughtful correspondent writes: I am a physician . . . I was reading an article on Vox debunking the theory which states that more information makes people smarter. This article referenced your study concluding that those with the most scientific literacy and technical reasoning ability were less likely to be concerned about climate change and the safety of nuclear energy. I read the paper which shows this quite nicely. I am confused about the conclusions. I scored a perfect […]
Science of Science Communication 2.0, Session 9.1: Emerging technologies part II -- synthetic biology!
Were back from spring break (learning things is hard & we need lots of rest & time to recover as we go along). Time for "Science of Science Communication 2.0" session 9. Reading list here, & study/discussion questions below. Have at it!
Professional judgment--in risk perception & in law: Dual process reasoning and science communication part 3...
This is from something I've been working on. For a long time. The paper of which it is a part will be posted soon. But for now I am treating it as the final installment of a 3-part series on the relevance of dual-process reasoning theories to science communication. As I'm sure all 14 billion regular readers of this blog recall, the first installment appeared on July 19, 2013, and the second on July 24, 2013. Even as of that period, I had been working on this project […]
What can we learn from (a) studying public perceptions of the risks of technologies public hasn't heard of (b) from studying studies that do that?
Tamar Willner has posted another very perceptive and provocative essay in reaction to the readings for Science of Science Communication 2.0, this time in relation to Session 8, on “emerging technologies.” I’ve posted the first portion of it, plus a link to her site for continuation. She also posed a very interesting question in the comments about an experiment that CCP did on nanotechnology risk perceptions. I’ve posted my answer to her question below the […]
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