You know how people just deny scientific discovery because it conflicts with their personal beliefs?
It’s hardly a secret that large segments of the population choose not to accept scientific data because it conflicts with their predefined beliefs: economic, political, religious, or otherwise. But many studies have indicated that these same people aren’t happy with viewing themselves as anti-science, which can create a state of cognitive dissonance. That has left psychologists pondering the methods that these people use to rationalize the conflict.
A study published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology takes a look at one of these methods, which the authors term "scientific impotence"—the decision that science can’t actually address the issue at hand properly. It finds evidence that not only supports the scientific impotence model, but suggests that it could be contagious. Once a subject has decided that a given topic is off limits to science, they tend to start applying the same logic to other issues.
This is an activity once believed to be exclusive to humanity. But as our understanding of the natural world grows, it demonstrates that things like freewill (if it even exists) occur in species other than homo sapiens sapiens.
Read more about these damn dirty apes.
(Those who wish to refute the science because it challenges their unfounded belief in a bronze age book of local myths please read the entire article before you shut off your mind and start making equivocations.)
Hey folks! It’s W.H.A.H.! Time to raise everyone’s awareness about homeopathy!
First, a statement from the Amazing Randi.
Then, the British documentary about the double-blind study (with procedures approved by the homeopaths themselves) that demonstrate homeopathy is hose hockey.