Re: Jerry Falwell -- global warming is "junk science"

From: Don Nield <d.nield@auckland.ac.nz>
Date: Fri Feb 17 2006 - 15:39:09 EST

Pim van Meurs wrote:

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> Why do some reject science so easily?

There are at least 4 possibibilities.
1. They may not understand science. They may not be able to make the
proper inference from the statistical evidence. If 90% of lung cancer
patients are heavy smokers and heavy smokers constitute less than 90% of
the population, then that alone is strong evidence that smoking leads
to an increase in the incidence of lung cancer. The fact that heavy
smokers can play a form of Russian roulette with a good chance of
success is irrelevant to the previous inference.
2. Their emotions may prevent a rational assessment.
3. The findings of scientists may be too threatening to them for various
reasons (economical, political, religious, ...), so they ignore the
findings.
4. They may simply not trust scientists.
Don
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