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UO Prof On Why We Believe (Some) Science


Just about every new revelation about COVID-19 and the virus that causes it has produced a backlash. Just think of all that's been said about possible cures or remedies. It gets down to a fundamental issue: who do you trust?

Politics aside, people choose to believe science findings--or disbelieve them--for a variety of reasons. Ellen Peters directs the Center for Science Communication Research at the University of oregon, which is about--we're not kidding--the science of communicating science.

She's been our guest once already this year. This seemed like an excellent moment in history to bring her back for a conversation about how people make their choices in which science (or not) to believe.

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