The Public Face of Science Across the World: Optimism and Innovation in an Era of Reservations and Inequality

The Public Face of Science Across the World: Optimism and Innovation in an Era of Reservations and Inequality. American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Matthew C. Nisbet and Erik C. Nisbet. July 2019.

In recent years, scientists and civil society leaders have grown increasingly worried about a pervasive “antiscientific” culture in the United States. Despite such fears, several long-standing public opinion trends offer reassurance to those alarmed about the cultural status of science and technology today. Since the 1970s, polls have indicated that the great majority of Americans voice confidence in the leadership of the scientific community, believing optimistically that the societal benefits of their work outweigh any harms or potential moral trade-offs. In contrast, during the same period, public confidence in almost every other major institution has plummeted. Americans have expressed similarly strong support for government funding of scientific research, recognizing the value of scientific activity to society. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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