Cultural Cognition of Scientific Consensus http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1549444#
Perhaps of interest in the context of our past discussion of anthropogenic global warming.
As I have observed, whether people accept AGW is often a issue of their pre-existing world view and political beliefs. I find this odd and frankly disturbing.
On February 7, 2010 the Cultural Cognition Project at Yale released a research paper on exactly this subject.
From the abstract:
"Why do members of the public disagree - sharply and persistently - about facts on which expert scientists largely agree?"
"We designed a study to test a distinctive explanation: the cultural cognition of scientific consensus. The