An Open Access article published in the Health Behavior and Policy Review Journal.
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Robert J. McDermott, PhD, FASHA, FAAHB
My objective in this essay is to explore how scientists and non-scientists might better align their views, and thereby decrease the divide that separates these groups in the advancement, dissemination, and acceptance of knowledge.
Various points of disagreement between scientists and the general public are presented, including how political affiliation and education level may influence beliefs.
Evidence is presented of a deepening gap between scientists and the general public on several key issues. Evidence is presented of a decline in science aspirations among youth and in educational achievement in general in the United States. If these events are accurate, they are ones that may widen the divide further.
Some examples for improving the communication of science are presented. However, other views are invited so that the dialogue can be raised in both the science and general public communities.