Psychologists ask: What makes some smart people so skeptical of science?

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Post by Guest on Fri Jan 27, 2017 11:44 am

In Washington, D.C., revelers and protesters are marking the ascendance of a new president and the populist movement he says he has mobilized.

Some 1,600 miles away in San Antonio, thousands of psychologists from around the world are also marking the dawn of the Trump era by focusing their attention on the thought processes that prompt some people to resist and reject science. Matters for which there is a broad scientific consensus — including man-made climate change, the safety of childhood vaccines and Darwin’s theory of evolution — have been attacked as hoaxes and lies by senior members of the new administration.


Psychologists have come up with a name for this trend: the “anti-enlightenment movement.”





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SOURCE THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

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