Further evidence of the Anti-Science Left

The right of the political spectrum is less likely to accept scientific conclusions if they involve excessive regulation of the economy. The anti-vaccination infestation of left-wing thinking shows that they are not immune to magical thinking and therefore should not be so smug.

Beware The Man Of One Study | Minimum wage studies

ht: http://slatestarcodex.com/2014/12/12/beware-the-man-of-one-study/

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Denying Problems When We Don’t Like the Solutions

There is often a curious distinction between what the scientific community and the general population believe to be true of dire scientific issues, and this skepticism tends to vary markedly across groups.

…What causes such radical group differences? We suggest, as have previous accounts, that this phenomenon is often motivated.

However, the source of this motivation is not necessarily an aversion to the problem, per se, but an aversion to the solutions associated with the problem.

This difference in underlying process holds important implications for understanding, predicting, and influencing motivated skepticism.

In 4 studies, we tested this solution aversion explanation for why people are often so divided over evidence and why this divide often occurs so saliently across political party lines.

Studies 1, 2, and 3—using correlational and experimental methodologies—demonstrated that Republicans’ increased skepticism toward environmental sciences may be partly attributable to a conflict between specific ideological values and the most popularly discussed environmental solutions.

Study 4 found that, in a different domain (crime), those holding a more liberal ideology (support for gun control) also show skepticism motivated by solution aversion.

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HT: http://today.duke.edu/2014/11/solutionaversion and http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/11/10/conservatives-dont-hate-climate-science-they-hate-the-lefts-climate-solutions/

I have a lot of experience with the bottom end of this form of argumentation. Do you?

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