Understanding and Countering Science Denial: Background information when reading The Workshop and the World

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The Workshop and the World

What Ten Thinkers Can Teach Us About Science and Authority

by Robert P. Crease

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Understanding and Countering Science Denial

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According to Robert P. Crease, science denial is a personal rejection of only those specific scientific findings that conflict with an individual's political, economic or personal/religious beliefs. The Workshop and the World by Robert P. Crease looks at science denial throughout history and offers a synthesis that outlines: 1) the characteristics of scientific study that make it vulnerable to denial, and 2) better rhetorical tactics for countering this denial.

Science denial isn't simply about a few bad actors who are politically, financially or philosophically motivated. It has a deeper dynamic. The same characteristics that make coordinated scientific study an engine for innovation and progress also make it vulnerable to repudiation. Crease outlines six of these vulnerabilities, including the following:

  • It's a collective. Scientific research is a coordinated and collective effort, as was envisioned by the early scientific mathematicians and philosophers. That collective ...

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