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Science Denial Runs Red and Blue

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I think this is a good way of discussing the dangers of politicizing science. Certainly when the discussion of science denial is brought up it is used pejoratively to accuse conservatives of denying scientific consensus. Teaching evolutionary theory and climate change are probably the big two hot button topic that most are familiar with.

However my readings on many posters in political message boards and listening and reading political polemicist I've found that science denial often has more to do with a person being, not well informed on science or how to evaluate scientific data is or understanding what a scientific consensus is (it's not a popularity contest, that's for sure).
consensus[kuh n-sen-suh s]noun, plural con·sen·sus·es.
majority of opinion:
Example.: The consensus of the group was that they should meet twice a month.
general agreement or concord; harmony.
So I'd define "scientific consensus" as a majority of opinion on a scientific matter which has yet to be tested with predictable results. An opinion is something that has yet to be proved or it wouldn't be an opinion.

Definition of opinion
1a : a view, judgment, or appraisal formed in the mind about a particular matter
We asked them for their opinions about the new stadium.
I have no great opinion of his work.
2a : belief stronger than impression and less strong than positive knowledge
a person of rigid opinions
b : a generally held view
news programs that shape public opinion
Once an Observation or Hypothesis is tested with predictable and repeatable results the Hypothesis becomes Theory. Once the Theory is proven beyond all doubt, Theory becomes Scientific Law. As one who is educated and trained in science, I would think you understand this.
I find that most on the left do not understand this but believe that "consensus " is proof and I'd argue that some laymen actually believe scientific consensus is Scientific Law. Nothing could be further than the truth.

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