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The fight against doubt : how to bridge the gap between scientists and the public

Author: Inmaculada de Melo-Martín; Kristen Intemann
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018]
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"The lack of public support for climate change policies and refusals to vaccinate children are just two alarming illustrations of the impacts of dissent about scientific claims. Dissent can lead to confusion, false beliefs, and widespread public doubt about highly justified scientific evidence. Even more dangerously, it has begun to corrode the very authority of scientific consensus and knowledge. Deployed  Read more...
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Melo-Martín, Inmaculada de.
Fight against doubt.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2018
(DLC) 2018020332
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Inmaculada de Melo-Martín; Kristen Intemann
ISBN: 9780190869229 0190869224
OCLC Number: 1011172723
Description: ix, 214 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Dissent and its discontents --
The important roles of dissent --
Bad-faith dissent --
Failing to play by the rules --
Imposing unfair risks --
Dealing with normatively inappropriate dissent --
The relevance of trust --
Scientific practices and the erosion of trust --
Values in science and the erosion of trust --
Where disagreements can lie: attending to values in policy --
Lessons learned and new directions.
Responsibility: Inmaculada de Melo-Martín and Kristen Intemann.

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Dissent about widely accepted scientific claims can promote doubt about scientific evidence, intimidate scientists, stymie research, and lead the public and policymakers to oppose needed policies. To  Read more...

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Intemann and de Melo-Martin acknowledge that commercial and political interests have damaged public trust in science, opening the door for more dissent than is justified. They make positive Read more...

 
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