On the whole, the most scientifically literate and numerate subjects were slightly less likely, not more, to see climate change as a serious threat than the least scientifically literate and numerate ones. More importantly, greater scientific literacy and numeracy were associated with greater cultural polarization: Respondents predisposed by their values to dismiss climate change evidence became more dismissive, and those predisposed by their values to credit such evidence more concerned, as science literacy and numeracy increased.But note the last line: if you want to believe in global warming, increased math and science knowledge feeds that belief. Interesting.
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
The Smarter You Are, The More Likely It Is You Dismiss Global Warming
So say these academics (three of them from Yale!) in a paper they've written on the subject: