Who Fears Science?

14 Pages Posted: 9 Mar 2012

Date Written: March 9, 2012


What sorts of people fear scientific and technological development? This paper tests the common theory in political and social psychology that conservatives fear scientific change. Using data from 25 national cross-sectional studies of the adult population with 32,756 subjects, I find that conservatives and liberals both are more positive to scientific change than political moderates. Thus the results are inconsistent with one of the main pillars supporting the field of conservatism research.

Keywords: conservatism, science

Suggested Citation

Lindgren, James T., Who Fears Science? (March 9, 2012). Northwestern Public Law Research Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2018806 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2018806

James T. Lindgren (Contact Author)

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