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Understanding and Trusting ScienceScience communication via testimony requires a certain level of trust. But in the context of ideologically-entangled scientific issues, trust is in short supply—particularly when the issues are politically “entangled”. In such cases, cultural values are better predictors than scientific literacy for whether agents trust public claims of science. In our paper, we argue that the most popular way of thinking about scientific literacy—as knowledge of particular scientific claims—ought to give way to a second-order understanding of science as a process. We describe an empirical study of whether such understanding is predictive of greater trust in science.
Department of Philosophy