More to science than just what’s true

An interesting article at Denver Post makes a good point about communicating science to the public. There is more to it than telling people what’s true.

These three controversies have a single moral, and it’s that experts who want Americans to take science into account when they form opinions on contentious issues need to do far more than just “lay out the facts” or “set the record straight.”

What science says is important, but in controversial areas, it’s only the beginning. It’s critical that experts and policymakers better understand what motivates public concern in the first place; and in this, they mustn’t be deceived by the fact that people often appear, on the surface, to be arguing about scientific facts. Frequently, their underlying rationale is very different.

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