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Monday
Mar062017

Some more canned data on religiosity & science attitudes

As I mentioned, in putting together a show for the National Academy of Sciences, I took a look at the 2014 GSS data.  

Here's a bit more of what's in there:

Actually, the left-hand panel is based on GSS 2010 data. But I hadn't looked at that particular item before.

The right-hand panel is based on GSS 2008, 2010, 2012, & 2014.  It is an update of a data display I created before the 2014 data (the most recent that has been released by the GSS) were available.

If, as reasonable, you want  confirmation that the underlying scales I've constructed are reliabily measuring the disposition that we independently have good reason to associate with religiosity, here are how these survey respondents respond to the GSS's "evolution" item:

I still find it astonishing that there isn't a more meaningful difference in the attitudes of religious & non-religious respondents on the "science attitude" measures.  Guess I had a case of WEKS on this.  

But these data do reinforce my view that religion is not the enemy of the Liberal Republic of Science.

There are  much more serious destructive forces to worry about . . . .

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=={ I still find it astonishing that there isn't a more meaningful difference in the attitudes of religious & non-religious respondents on the "science attitude" measures.}==

I'm still scratching my head over that. Over the course of my lifetime, I believe that I have seen a very purposeful and explicit institutionalization of religious views on science-related (and institutions of science-related) topics such as stem cells, abortion, homosexuality, the impact of humans on the planet relative to the grand designs of god, etc. into the partisan/political context, and the exploitation of that institutionalization for the sake of political expediency, and so I am very confused by the lack of "signal" of an impact in the data you show.

Relatedly, from reading the tea leaves, it seems that Gauchat has somewhat moved from thinking that the politicized instituionalization of the religious right shows much of a signal.

WTF?

March 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua

@Joshua-- see Theses II-III..

March 6, 2017 | Registered CommenterDan Kahan

I wonder how likely are religious people to believe that the vast majority of scientists believe in evolution...

March 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJonathan

@Jonathat-- you can find answer here

March 7, 2017 | Registered CommenterDan Kahan

Thanks for that, Dan. So, couldn't that effect (religious -> less belief in scientific consensus on evolution) be what allows the religious to continue to have such a high opinion of science?

I like that other article's "whack-a-mole nature to bias" concept - if the religious are motivated to believe that scientists are doing a great job (because industry depends on scientists, and conservatives love industry), then their bias would pop up in some other place, and that could be on the consensus issue.

March 7, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJonathan

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