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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Why Have Scientific Facts Become Easy To Deny In 2019? | Consumer Tech - Forbes

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Why have scientific facts become easy to deny in 2019? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.

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Answer by Robert Crease, Professor, Philosophy Department, Stony Brook University, on Quora:

Science is like Facebook in that the very things that make it work (in Facebook’s case, share and connect) also seem to provide a veneer of legitimacy to those who want an excuse to deny it.

What makes science go is that it’s technical and abstract, done in collectives, fallible, can challenge our values, can be passed on without repeating it, and is able to change nature.

That it’s technical and abstract can appear to legitimate politicians dismissing it, saying “I am not a scientist.” Mitch McConnell, for instance, saying that he’s only interested in Kentucky’s economy, not in global warming...

That it can generate knowledge that can be passed on means that we can take it for granted. Think politicians not voting for earth satellites or more scientific research because we have enough already.

Source: Forbes