Motivated numeracy and enlightened self-government

  title={Motivated numeracy and enlightened self-government},
  author={D. Kahan and E. Peters and Erica Dawson and P. Slovic},
  journal={Behavioural Public Policy},
  pages={54 - 86}
Abstract Why does public conflict over societal risks persist in the face of compelling and widely accessible scientific evidence? We conducted an experiment to probe two alternative answers: the ‘science comprehension thesis’ (SCT), which identifies defects in the public's knowledge and reasoning capacities as the source of such controversies; and the ‘identity-protective cognition thesis’ (ICT), which treats cultural conflict as disabling the faculties that members of the public use to make… Expand
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