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Researchers say they’ve figured out what makes people reject science, and it’s not ignorance

by Fiona MacDonald, Science Alert

Why some people believe Earth is flat

A lot happened in 2016, but one of the biggest cultural shifts was the rise of fake news – where claims with no evidence behind them (e.g. the world is flat) get shared as fact alongside evidence-based, peer-reviewed findings (e.g. climate change is happening).

Researchers have coined this trend the ‘anti-enlightenment movement’, and there’s been a lot of frustration and finger-pointing over who or what’s to blame. But a team of psychologists has identified some of the key factors that can cause people to reject science – and it has nothing to do with how educated or intelligent they are. Continue reading Researchers say they’ve figured out what makes people reject science, and it’s not ignorance