Conservatives Losing Trust in Science, Study Finds

Discussion in 'Politics' started by futurecurrents, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. Politically conservative Americans have lost trust in science over the last 40 years while moderates and liberals have remained constant in the stock they put in the scientific community, a new study finds.
    The most educated conservatives have slipped the most, according to the research set to appear in the April issue of the journal American Sociological Review. The change in conservative attitudes likely has to do both with changes in the conservative movement and with changes in science's role in society, said study author Gordon Gaulet, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
    "There's been this need to cultivate conservative ideas in reaction to what is perceived as mainstream culture, which a lot of conservatives would suggest is biased toward secular liberalism," Gaulet told LiveScience. "Part of what being a conservative means is looking for alternatives for mainstream ideas and bases of knowledge, and science and the media are those." [Life's Extremes: Democrats & Republicans]
  2. 377OHMS


    That is bullshit, liberal propaganda. You are a hater.
  3. Let me know when you think you have made a rational counter-argument and not just another one of your highly biased blanket dismissals.

    From the article.....

    Gaulet said that conservatism itself has changed, with a greater emphasis on conservative thought and think tanks such as The Heritage Foundation that make a point of challenging the scientific community. The finding wasn't the result of conservatives being less educated than in the old days, he said. In fact, the decline in trust was most obvious among conservatives with a bachelor's degree or higher.
  4. 377OHMS


    I don't discuss science or philosophy with my garbage man so why would I discuss those subjects with you?
  5. Conservatives aren't losing trust in science, they're losing trust in liberal "scientists" who lack integrity.
  6. 377OHMS


    I believe it is all about money. Liberals want a massive tax on carbon emissions so that they can implement socialism. It really is not any more complicated than that.

    Futurecurrents cannot or will not answer questions about what his is doing to reduce his own carbon emissions. The message that conveys is that he does not believe in AGW himself and just wants to see people and industries taxes.
  7. Wow. There's a socialist behind every shrub in your delusional world isn't there? You might try Prozac. Unbelievable.

    I keep thinking of putting you on ignore but then you say something like this that is so amusing that I decide against it. Great stuff! Thanks for the laugh!
  8. 377OHMS


    Being on your ignore list makes no difference. You cannot assert anything you've done in your life that shows that you take AGW seriously, not one single thing.

    You are willing to spew dishonest assertions like "conservatives don't trust science". That is a complete lie and you are therefore a liar. Since you arrived here in P&R you've rapidly demonstrated to everyone what a ratfuck lowlife prevaricator you are. Scum.
  9. Yes, exactly.
  10. Actually, if you had a shred of reading comprehension abilities you would see that it was an article I quoted from. Moron.

    Since you have been here a long time, you must think you're the ultimate arbiter of right and wrong. Your hubris, coupled with your irrationality is amusing. I love knocking down puffed-up egos. It must kill you that your garbage-man is more rational and intelligent than you are.
    #10     Mar 30, 2012