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I don't find it necessary or proper for me to form an opinion on everything; I only become invested in a position when it's something that demands my attention by impacting me directly (e.g. controversies about some health problem I might have), or when I intrinsically like researching it. Otherwise, I shrug and assume the scientific establishment is right, and possibly make low-effort adjustments to my lifestyle or behaviour (e.g. try to walk and bike more and eat less meat to lower my carbon footprint, or let sociology studies influence my opinion, for your examples).

BTW, why global warming and social sciences? The only people I've seen to reject these two as scientifically invalid, especially in conjunction, were strongly partisan.






BTW, why global warming and social sciences? The only people I've seen to reject these two as scientifically invalid, especially in conjunction, were strongly partisan.

Sure, but isn’t also true of people who accept them?

In the US, democrats outnumber republicans more than 10 to one in “soft” sciences ("hard" sciences are much closer to parity). Based on my personal experience, in Europe the situation is similar (one professor in a leading European university in fact told me that he has to hide his right-of-center views from colleagues).

Can you trust people to fully separate their political views from their work (especially when strong material incentives are involved)?
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melian
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You might want to read up on the Replication Crisis in Social Sciences.
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