Who Fears Science?
Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law
March 9, 2012
Northwestern Public Law Research Paper
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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 14
Keywords: conservatism, science
Date posted: March 9, 2012