Skepticism about “Anti-Science” claims: Matt Nisbet

13 January 2021

Why we should doubt conventional narratives about today’s controversies.

For several years, commentators across Western democracies have expressed deep concerns about a perceived loss of faith in expertise, science, and technological innovation, worries that intensified over the last year as the U.S. and Western European countries struggled to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.

Depending on the commentator’s point of view, explanations have pinned the blame on some combination of right-wing populist and left-wing woke driven “anti-science,” “denial,” and “post-truth,” spread by way of social media.

But these narratives capture only part of the story…

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A sign held at the March for Science in San Francisco, California, on April 22, 2017 (Photo: Matthew Roth/flickr/cc).