Was it Wise to Wage a “War On Science”?

While there are clearly troubling chasms in science policy approaches, it may be unwise to call them a “war on science,” write John C. Besley, of Michigan State University, and colleagues.

Framing an issue as a conflict or a game—like the climate change “fight”—can stall meaningful debate, they write.

In a new Science Communication study, the researchers found that the “war on science” framing improved perceptions of scientists among liberals, but knocked it down for conservatives. Its cumulative effect stands to widen ideological differences at a time when science needs “broad support, across the ideological spectrum.”



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