2009-07-26 The formula

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<hide> <let name=data index=Date>2009-07-26</let> <let name=data index=Authors>\Chris Mooney\Sheril Kirshenbaum</let> <let name=data index=Source>Boston Globe</let> <let name=data index=Topics>\Unscientific America\anti-science\scientific illiteracy</let> <let name=data index=URL>http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2009/07/26/why_dont_americans_understand_science_better_start_with_the_scientists/?page=full</let> <let name=data index=Title>The formula</let> <let name=data index=TitlePlain>The formula</let>

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Yet while scientific illiteracy-- the epitome of humility.

<anti-evolutionists or global warming deniers, for example, who are often scientists themselves, who couch their arguments in sophisticated scientific language, and who regularly cite articles in the peer-


  • 2009-07-26 Solution: blame scientists, add fluff (PZ Myers): "I must offer a significant criticism, however. They start out by pointing out that most scientists accept the evidence for global warming, while only about half the general public does. Right away, the comments start coming in complaining that AGW is wrong. Don't M&K know they aren't supposed to feed the conflict or stir up controversy or throw out ideas the public will find disagreeable? Where's the civility?"


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