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The Fight Against Doubt: How to Bridge the Gap Between Scientists and the Public

Inmaculada de Melo-Martín and Kristen Intemann


Current debates about climate change or vaccine safety provide an alarming illustration of the potential impacts of dissent about scientific claims. False beliefs about evidence and the conclusions that can be drawn from it are commonplace, as is corrosive doubt about the existence of widespread scientific consensus. Deployed aggressively and to political ends, ill-founded dissent can intimidate scientists, stymie research, and lead both the public and policymakers to oppose important policies firmly rooted in science. To criticize dissent is, however, a fraught exercise. Skepticism and fearle ... More

Keywords: normatively inappropriate dissent, manufactured doubt, scientific consensus, epistemic trust, commercialization of science, conflict of interest, values in science, science and policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190869229
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190869229.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Inmaculada de Melo-Martín, author
Professor of Medical Ethics, Weill Cornell Medical College

Kristen Intemann, author
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Montana State University