The Living On Earth Radio Segment The Host Interviews Chris Mooney

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In the Living on Earth radio segment the host interviews Chris Mooney, the author of the book Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens our Future. The host and Mooney discuses a 2009 Pew Research center poll that found that most Americans don’t believe humans have induced climate change. Mooney argues in the interview — and in his book— that there is a growing gap between scientists and the public. He argues that sciences has been politicalized in recent year, and he mentions another Pew Poll that found that Republicans— even well educated Republicans are less likely to admit Climate Change is human induced. Additionally, Democrats in the past have also been critical of certain medical vaccinations, thus he finds that both parties can reject the consensus of the scientific community. Essentially, Mooney maintains that the scientific community has a problem communicating their work to everyday people. Moreover, Scientists can’t oversimplify their work, because the scientific community may be angered. Furthermore, the host and Monney discuss the CERN supercollider, and how a rap song was created to explain what the supercollider is and how it works. Mooney says this rap song is a step in the right direction, but he finishes the interviews stressing the point that students studying science should also study communications and politics. Overall, Mooney is hopeful that the gap between the scientific comment and society can be bridged by integrating scientists…

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