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Skeptics know more about climate science than believers

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Skeptics know more about climate science than believers

http://joannenova.com.au/2015/02/skeptics-know-more-about-climate-science-than-believers/

So much for the theory that skeptics are dumb or uninformed. Fox News reports that a new study shows that when people are quizzed about climate science, the skeptics outscored the believers. Dan Kahan at Yale did the study on 2,000 people, but with only nine questions, so there is limited insight here, but it fits with his previous study which found people who knew more about maths and science were more likely to be skeptical. Readers of skeptical blogs (who chose to respond to surveys and list their qualifications in comments) are likely to have hard science degrees. The world is slowly waking up to the fact that the skeptics are more knowledgeable about science. In a proper science quiz, the gap would probably be even larger. On two of the nine questions, skeptics got the science right. But believers “outscored” skeptics at repeating the propaganda (which shouldn’t be a question in a survey about scientific knowledge). I’d like to see all nine questions (can anyone find a preprint or the paper?) Skeptics get science right: One question, for instance, asked if scientists believe that warming would “increase the risk of skin cancer.” Skeptics were more likely […]Rating: 5.0/10 (1 vote cast)

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