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A new paper finds declining trust in science among conservatives.
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I don't know, I think its happened to me too.

Don't get me wrong, science today is as tight as it ever was and I enjoy reading and learning science. But the reporting of science is sometimes painful to read, and even worse is its politicization. Even more disconcerting is discussing with people on G+ about the nature of science, most of those that claim science as their main political influences have very fundamental misunderstanding of what science really is.

Just like atheists detest religion because it is wielded as a weapon by too many people who simply misunderstand what religion is, anyone at the blunt end of the a poorly used science bludgeon will likely grow a strong resentment to it also.

Either way a healthy skepticism is in order.

But even more important that skepticism is to realize that only by understanding things better than we do now, better than is most convenient to our own agendas, that the paths forward become more clear.
Personally I love the challenge of trying to understand science--it is always a bit beyond what I can put together but I am still intrigued.
I have to agree with +Michael Farnbach. I for one am all about pushing the scientific boundary; however, many times it seems like there is a political agenda behind some research (not always) that turns people off. And when that research is based on borderline data with iffy assumptions, but has grand conclusions on changes that will greatly impact people's lives expect some resistance.

Many times I think scientists live in a idealistic world and don't account for real world complications that go along with their results.
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