The latest Skepticality, of September 16, 2014, features a panel discussion from the latest DragonCon entitled “Denying Evolution and Climate Science.” The panel actually dealt with broader topics and included anti-vaccine ideas too. The panel consisted of Dr. Steven Novella, Barbara Drescher, Matt Lowry, and David DiSalvo. As would be expected from such a panel, the discussion was smart and thoughtful on just what motivates and drives some people from coming to terms with the scientific consensus. Interestingly, the people who disagree with the consensus of man-made climate change or that evolution by means of natural selection is how life evolves still put faith in ‘science.’ The problem is that those who disagree with consensus see themselves disagreeing with particular scientists and not the idea of science itself for the most part.
Actually, this is extremely frustrating. The idea of beating the drum that science is good to the public won’t increase literacy. Somehow the public has to be educated on how science works, what is consensus, what is the process of science, etc. That is a lot harder to do, so sure people "fucking love science" but so what. I would rather have people appreciate science and know a few basic fundamentals and leave the amorous feeling for other worthy things like one’s partner or cat.