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Are global warming skeptics anti-science? Or just ignorant about science? Maybe neither. A study published Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change finds that people who are not that worried about the effects of global warming tend to have a slightly higher level of scientific knowledge than those who are worried, as determined by their answers to questions like: "Electrons are smaller than atoms -- true or false?” "How long does it take the Earth to go around the Sun? One day, one month, or one year?" “Lasers work by focusing sound waves -- true or false?” The quiz, containing 22 questions about both science and statistics, was given to 1,540 representative Americans. Respondents who were relatively less worried about global warming got 57 percent of them right, on average, just barely outscoring those whose who saw global warming as a bigger threat. They got 56 percent of the questions correct. 'As respondents’ science literacy scores increased, their concern with climate change decreased.' - Study "As respondents’ science literacy scores increased, their concern with climate change decreased," the paper, which was funded by the National Science Foundation, notes. Yale Law Professor Dan Kahan, the lead author of the study, cautioned that the survey results are not evidence for or against climate change.
Originally posted by PhysicsAdept
reply to post by lobotomizemecapin
Well, could have something to do with something called the normalcy bias. Basically, smart people tend not to be skeptical and try to lean towards rationalization instead of actualization... Then again, you did get your source from fox news, of course it'll be biased towards rationalization of the global warming theory...