Scientific American recently took a look at how some scientists are responding to the seemingly increasing anti-science outlook in the world:

Two important points stood out to me. First,  that scientists need to do a better job of outreach to inform the public of the scientific process. Because science is iterative, the public can often be mislead, and politicians will use this to their advantage. For example, citing outdated or peer-rejected studies to further their own ambitions. Scientists should work with the public to develop a better understanding of the scientific process and the analytical reasoning that pushes it along.

Second, that scientists should be wary of confirmation bias, especially since they spend too much time talking with their peers and not enough time talking to the public. I think this is healthy advice for the public at large. We should all work to broaden our worldview by talking with those who disagree with us. Approaching these conversations with an open mind is probably the best approach, but even if you do not, at least you will gain a better understanding of how those who disagree with you reason.

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