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I've mused before about the telling coincidence of adherents to one strange belief also proclaiming their belief in other strange things, for instance a creationist believing the moon landings were fake. Exactly this collusion of delusions with conspiracy theories and anti-science has now been addressed by a study to appear in the journal "Psychological Science" (press release), entitled: "NASA faked the moon landing - Therefore (Climate) Science is a Hoax: An Anatomy of the Motivated Rejection of Science". The bottom line: the anti-science movement largely consists of people who make up their own reality without regard to any evidence. Given that, at least in the US, these unpersuadable delusionals are largely associated with one end of the political spectrum, any attempt at providing a politically balanced journalism must inevitably end in a scientifically biased journalism - biased towards fiction rather than reality, as pointed out before. This study thus corroborates previous speculations from a number of angles. I don't envy journalists in the US...
Posted on Friday 24 August 2012 - 14:15:23 comment: 0

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