Sentences to ponder

…participants who trust science are more likely to believe and disseminate false claims that contain scientific references than false claims that do not. Second, reminding participants of the value of critical evaluation reduces belief in false claims, whereas reminders of the value of trusting science do not. We conclude that trust in science, although desirable in many ways, makes people vulnerable to pseudoscience.

Here is the full paper, via the excellent Kevin Lewis.  That is only one (non-replicated) paper, but the point is worth keeping in mind nonetheless.


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