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A Little (Scientific) Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing

People with an intermediate understanding of science are prone to a menacing combination of overconfidence and anti-science attitudes.

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It turns out that the expression, “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing,” is apt when that knowledge is about science. People with intermediate levels of scientific knowledge are a big obstacle to better policy and informed individual decisions, whether it is about climate change or the safety of vaccines or nuclear power or a host of other topics.

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