9 thoughts on “New findings: The widening political divide over science

  1. Dear Prof. Cohen,

    Nathan Cofnas argues that it’s not science itself that the right is skeptical of, but of scientists; they don’t trust scientists and view them of being politically biased.

    His paper is seen here; https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Nathan_Cofnas/publication/318546011_Does_Activism_in_Social_Science_Explain_Conservatives%27_Distrust_of_Scientists/links/5abb20550f7e9bad209bcaef/Does-Activism-in-Social-Science-Explain-Conservatives-Distrust-of-Scientists.pdf

    It’s a bit understandable, especially given this episode a while back; https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/nypost.com/2016/06/09/science-says-liberal-beliefs-are-linked-to-pyschotic-traits/amp/


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  2. Thank you. I know this is outside the scope of this paper, but do you know of any study that examines whether conservatives enter STEM fields at different rates compared to independents and liberals?

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  3. Though I’m not an American, yet i find the results hardly surprising.

    I admit I’ve lost a lot of faith in science after affairs such as recently with Hill’s paper (https://quillette.com/2018/09/07/academic-activists-send-a-published-paper-down-the-memory-hole/) and given the findings that subset of liberals openly discriminate against conservatives in science, while number of conservatives in scientific fields goes down every decade. Another thing is that many scientists openly admit they search social changes (ekhm) which is not problematic in itself, but taken together with lack of conservatives with counterbalancing views makes me very suspicious (especially when in case after case I’ve find out that many papers thrown at me by my liberal – by American standards – friends were either wrong, or were investigated and interpreted only from one, liberal point of view).

    And I work in Academia myself (though starting with this year, I no longer have the right to call myself scientist, because I will now pursue strictly teaching path of career). I can only imagine how people react to those things when they have no scientific background.

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