follow CCP

Recent blog entries
popular papers

What Is the "Science of Science Communication"?

Climate-Science Communication and the Measurement Problem

Ideology, Motivated Cognition, and Cognitive Reflection: An Experimental Study

'Ideology' or 'Situation Sense'? An Experimental Investigation of Motivated Reasoning and Professional Judgment

A Risky Science Communication Environment for Vaccines

Motivated Numeracy and Enlightened Self-Government

Ideology, Motivated Cognition, and Cognitive Reflection: An Experimental Study

Making Climate Science Communication Evidence-based—All the Way Down 

Neutral Principles, Motivated Cognition, and Some Problems for Constitutional Law 

Cultural Cognition of Scientific Consensus
 

The Tragedy of the Risk-Perception Commons: Science Literacy and Climate Change

"They Saw a Protest": Cognitive Illiberalism and the Speech-Conduct Distinction 

Geoengineering and the Science Communication Environment: a Cross-Cultural Experiment

Fixing the Communications Failure

Why We Are Poles Apart on Climate Change

The Cognitively Illiberal State 

Who Fears the HPV Vaccine, Who Doesn't, and Why? An Experimental Study

Cultural Cognition of the Risks and Benefits of Nanotechnology

Whose Eyes Are You Going to Believe? An Empirical Examination of Scott v. Harris

Cultural Cognition and Public Policy

Culture, Cognition, and Consent: Who Perceives What, and Why, in "Acquaintance Rape" Cases

Culture and Identity-Protective Cognition: Explaining the White Male Effect

Fear of Democracy: A Cultural Evaluation of Sunstein on Risk

Cultural Cognition as a Conception of the Cultural Theory of Risk

« Sad news . . . | Main | Weird ... does high disgust sensitivity mitigate political polarization??... »
Sunday
Dec182016

Weekend update: *This* is what scientific *dis*sensus looks like...

The two scientists depicted in this photograph are researchers in the culturally divisive "cats or birds?" field, & they are performing a so-called adversarial collaboration.

 

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

Reader Comments (3)

Robotics can displace cats too! http://joyforall.hasbro.com/en-us/companion-cats.

More significantly, money can lubricate media news selection, and displace the need for further research work into motivated reasoning. If you are motivated enough to put time and money into making something appear to be true, then, by Golly-Google, it is! https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/dec/17/holocaust-deniers-google-search-top-spot.

My money is on birds.

December 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGaythia Weis

@Gaythia-- yes, the birds have formed a very effective lobby to pressure Congress & state legislatures on all manner of issue (wind farms being an obvious example). Cats are horrible at organizing themselves to pursue collective goods, & so are at a real disadvantage in this sort of thing

December 19, 2016 | Registered CommenterDan Kahan

Birds are notoriously susceptible to flocking. Sometimes this taps into the reputed safety and wisdom of crowds, other times not so much: http://mtstandard.com/natural-resources/superfund/butte-mine-officials-snow-geese-deaths-number-into-the-thousands/article_3373e2fd-dc5a-58c0-ad55-93b6d0249351.html. Dogs are known to be intelligent, but also prone to falling under the control of a strong leader and running in packs. Cats may be on to something.

[This could be why Ann Richards, TC, was so keen on helping to found and inspire a cultural cognition project for humans. My condolences.]

December 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGaythia Weis

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>