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Chris Mooney on the Science of Why We Deny Science...and Reality

Uploaded by BerkmanCenter on 3 Apr 2012

Chris Mooney, Host of Post of Inquiry, discusses motivated reasoning and the "Smart Idiots" effect: he rebuts the conventional wisdom that if you put good information and argument out there and teach the public how to critically think, they will have a clearer idea of what is "truth." More education actually leads to higher degree of partisan beliefs. Arguing for facts alone does not help; more education is not the key: the public denies science not necessarily because they are uneducated but because they think "their" science is better.

From the Truthiness Conference at Harvard University, March 6, 2012. More information here:

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