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The Science of Why We Don't Believe Science

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Sacha Kazan

on 22 January 2015

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Transcript of The Science of Why We Don't Believe Science

Challenges the reader, takes the reader out of the comfort zone
Summary of the story
Shows how and why the human being can deny factual evidence.
The Science of Why We Don't Believe Science
A Bit of Background
Chris Mooney is the author of four books, including the New York Times bestselling "The Republican War on Science". He was a science journalist and podcaster for Mother Jones and host of Climate Desk Live from 2012 to 2014. He is now a staff writer at The Washington Post.
Fun anecdote to liven up the mood
The End.
Solid Basis in actual research
Starts with a quote which is cliché but ok
Explains something that is omnipresent, but not obvious
Gives an example: The Seekers who believe in an astral incarnation of Jesus

"Sananda" the alien, Dorothy Martin the leader, predicted end of the world on December 21st 1954.

When proven wrong, rationalized their disillusion.
Used a character to structure story
Emotion and Reason are tighly connected, and inconscious feelings arise
than conscious thoughts-->Natural
Fear of the unknown, negative response to it.
Protection instinct. Argumentation against what's factual --> Rationalizing.
Mooney is known to be one of the few journalists who decided to tackle the intersection between Science and Politics.
He is also heavily implicated in subjects such as Global Warming and the controversy between creation and evolution.
Journalist who stands for causes
Small link to Climate change
A few troubles with science and religion ("accomodationist")
Good ammount of quotations
Sets himself in the story is a good choice
Short story, concise read. More space for another fun anecdote
Wrote this story for Mother Jones Magazine
Wrote story for Mother Jones Magazine in 2011
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