Examined Lives

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The Science of Science Denial

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Why do people deny things that science shows to be true? Or assert things that science shows to be false? What are the forces — psychological, social, and economic — that underlie this strange resistance to evidence-based understanding? From climate denial to covid-denial, from anti-vaxx hysteria to flat-earth theory, stubborn attachment to discredited ideas appears to be spreading. Why is this happening? And why now? Most important: what can we do about it?