The Edmonton Journal has an article about an inverse correlation between how much a person knows and how much they think they know.
People often suffer from an ‘illusion of knowledge,’ write the authors of a new study that finds that people who hold the most extreme views about genetically modified foods know the least.
“The less people know,” the authors conclude, “the more opposed they are to the scientific consensus.”
The problem is similar to the Dunning-Kruger effect: The less competent a person is at something, the smarter they think they are.
“Extremists have this characteristic of being much worse than the other people at evaluating how much they know.”
The answer would seem to be education, but …
Sometimes it backfires, and people double down on their “counter-scientific consensus attitudes.”
You should see the comments.
A big whitewash not so much for science, but for the GMO’s! The thing here is that these “scientists ” and “experts” either get it totally wrong through genuine ignorance, or make it so by lying for corrupt reasons like being in the pay of big corporations.
Did you read the article?
This is a TERRIBLE INSULTING ARICLE. It began with a discussion about the GMO debate and then it went on insulted people about everything.
How is this insulting? It just says that people who don’t know anything think that they do.
The scientists are going to test their findings in other areas, such as vaccinations and homeopathy. I’ll go out on a limb and predict that the results will be very similar to this study of attitudes toward genetically modified foods. Do you think I’m cynical?