Virginia Insight
3:44 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

When Do You Believe Science?

Do you have any biases?

For example, when it comes to scientific findings... are you completely logical in your reactions?

If you are, you apparently are the extremely rare exception.

We talk with an education psychologist who has just published an overview of scientific findings on why people so often do not believe science.

Those findings show our beliefs often stem from bias and emotional concerns that we do not even realize we have.

(Note: This is program is an encore presentation originally broadcast Monday, May 16, 2011.)

Guest:
Daniel Willingham, PhD - Author of Trust Me, I’m a Scientist: Why so many people choose not to believe what scientists say, Scientific American, May 5, 2011. Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia.

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