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The Truth About Trusting Science

14 Aug 2020, 13:37 UTC
The Truth About Trusting Science
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“One of the problems we face in the United States is that unfortunately, there is a combination of an anti-science bias that people are, for reasons that sometimes are, you know, inconceivable and not understandable, they just don’t believe science and they don’t believe authority… And that’s unfortunate because, you know, science is truth. And if you go by the evidence and by the data, you’re speaking the truth.”-Dr. Anthony Fauci speaking on the Learning Curve podcastHere at Astrobites, our goal is to communicate science with astronomy enthusiasts, whether they are pursuing astronomy as a career or not. In an era of easily accessible false information and growing communities of conspiracy theorists, finding credible science can be difficult and communicating scientific findings accurately becomes increasingly vital. An important aspect of science communication is cultivating public trust. A 2017 Pew Research Study found that scientists are trusted more than K-12 principals, religious leaders, the media, business leaders and elected officials (see Figure 1). But it seems like we hear people denying scientific findings around every corner. The goal of this Beyond Astrobite is to examine why people don’t trust science and what to do about it.Figure 1. Results from a 2017 ...

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