Study finds belief in ‘free market economics’ correlated to rejection of science behind climate change

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In exploring the rationales behind rejection of mainstream scientific consensus points (specifically rejection of the science behind climate change) Stephan Lewandowsky of the University of Western Australia and two colleagues arrived at an interesting conclusion (published in the journal ‘Psychological Science’):

Our findings parallel those of previous work and show that endorsement of free-market economics predicted rejection of climate science. Endorsement of free markets also predicted the rejection of other established scientific findings, such as the facts that HIV causes AIDS and that smoking causes lung cancer.

Somewhat unsurprisingly, the study further found ‘free market capitalists’ identifiably joined in the ranks of climate deniers by moon landing conspiracy theorists and people who think the FBI killed Martin Luther King.

The company you keep.

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2 thoughts on “Study finds belief in ‘free market economics’ correlated to rejection of science behind climate change

    C. Marthinson said:
    April 22, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Why we probably aren’t as skeptical as we should be…http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2013/apr/12/news-is-bad-rolf-dobelli

      wes responded:
      April 22, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      We are offered so many self-indulgent, self-exculpatory experiences there is no benefit for most in exposing themselves to truth, let alone to living with it in the moment.

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