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New study: global warming skeptics know more about science than alarmists

ECM posted this Fox News story on Facebook.

Excerpt:

A study published Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change finds that people who are not that worried about the effects of global warming tend to have a slightly higher level of scientific knowledge than those who are worried, as determined by their answers to questions like:

  • “Electrons are smaller than atoms — true or false?”
  • “How long does it take the Earth to go around the Sun? One day, one month, or one year?”
  • “Lasers work by focusing sound waves — true or false?”

The quiz, containing 22 questions about both science and statistics, was given to 1,540 representative Americans. Respondents who were relatively less worried about global warming got 57 percent of them right, on average, just barely outscoring those whose who saw global warming as a bigger threat. They got 56 percent of the questions correct.

“As respondents’ science literacy scores increased, their concern with climate change decreased,” the paper, which was funded by the National Science Foundation, notes.

It reminds me of the debate between theists. On the one hand, you’ve got the theists with their Big Bang, fine-tuning and biological information. On the other hand, you’ve got the atheists with their eternally oscillating bouncy universe, their unobservable multiverse and their hypothetical aliens seeding the Earth with life. It’s science vs. religion, all right. Or perhaps I should say science vs. science fiction.

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