Dan Kahan writes:
A while back you had some posts on how it is that we know we can trust science on climate change, & even more interestingly, how we know which scientists to trust, and how much we rely on our own understandings of the science. Here’s a paper relating to that attached–results showing that people have a tendency to identify someone as an “expert scientist” on an issue (climate change, gun control, nuclear power) only if the putative expert expresses a position congruent with people’s cultural predisposition on the issue.
Ooohh–ugly tables and graphs! I should still probably read this sometime, though–it looks important. Perhaps it relates to this story.