What do polluted & nonpolluted science communication environments *look* like? & how about childhood vaccines?....
This is a common theme on this blog. Maybe it's the only theme, in fact.
We need to get that.
We need to to learn how to distinguish risk perceptions that evince this pathology from ones that don't.
And we need to recognize our responsibility to use the knowlege we have of these dynamics to minimize the risk that any particular form of science will become infected with the pathology's reason-effacing characteristics.
Because if we don't do all these things, then we will experience many many avoidable instances of this pathology. And for that, we'll have only ourselves to blame.
These data, btw, come from Climate-Science Communication and the Measurement Problem.