This Trend Toward Blindly Trusting Science And Its Practitioners Was Not Due To Influence By Media.

In light of the accelerating rate of scientific and technological breakthroughs, this ongoing and often frustrating debate of how to incorporate science into public policy is necessary for research to contribute to societal progress. We, as a society, need to learn how to have constructive, evidence-based scientific discussions. It is no secret that a significant slice of the American political spectrum harbors anti-science sentiments, and this segment largely overlaps with the political right. This is certainly an impediment to the formation of evidence-based policies. But the politicizing of science by the right has induced a natural reaction from the left: to blindly trust scientists. This subtle form of scientific dogmatism could inadvertently undermine the credibility of scientific institutions and could similarly challenge rational policymaking. It is as unscientific to blindly trust scientists as it is to dismiss them. As the pandemic ramped up on American shores in early 2020, the left-leaning public took strong stances on issues such as the origin of the pandemic, hydroxychloroquine , masks , herd immunity, or social distancing , almost always antagonizing the declared positions of the Trump Administration, which occupied the White House at that time. These positions did not appear to be an outcome of a careful study of the underlying information but rather were reactionary and ideological.  How many examined the actual data behind the hydroxychloroquine hypothesis before forming an opinion on it? How many repeated headlines about the length of immunity against COVID-19 or the efficacy of vaccines against an emerging variant without examining the data supporting those claims? Are people aware that there is an ongoing scientific discussion about whether the COVID-19 outbreak could have originated from the Wuhan Institute of Virology? This trend toward blindly trusting science and its practitioners was not due to influence by media. To their credit, some outlets, including those with a left-leaning bias, have attempted to unravel the scientific complexity of some of those issues in their coverage. The problem appears more in how we consumers interpret those news reports. When passed through the filters of Facebook or Twitter, even solid reporting can be bent to the purpose of expressing a political viewpoint. The reliance on social media has diluted nuance and allowed the public to use science to reaffirm our preconceived ideologies instead of reevaluating them. The dysfunction in how the public consumes scientific news can partly be traced to a weakness in our collective scientific literacy. [Cars]

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