There’s one quote in your post that seem…

There’s one quote in your post that seems to be misleading:

When it comes to the public, there’s a clear trend: the more education you have, the better you know science, the more you value it, and the more likely you are to accept the findings of science on controversial subjects.

The way I read this is that educated people use science when forming their beliefs. The implicit logical inverse is that uneducated people use something else: presumably either religion or a “gut feeling”.

I actually find that so easy to believe it seems trivial. I mean, for example, I think even the “Anthropogenic Climate Change” skeptic’s argument is founded in some ways on science (or at least using scientific techniques to show the non-conclusiveness of the scientific “proof”).

I guess the above could just be rephrased as: those who know science, use it.

Also, the questions about “positive impact on society” according to the general public is a pretty interesting zeitgeist:


The low regard for CEOs is pretty much, like I said, a sign of the times. I’m also rather surprised at the low regard for artists: aren’t they supposed to make life better through their work? Maybe not.

Also interesting:

The numbers are basically reversed: 57% of the public thinks government is inefficient, 58% of scientists thinks it isn’t. I think questions like this help to illuminate more about the political leanings of scientists, in addition to the party they self-identify with.

Essentially, a majority of the scientists surveyed think the government is efficient, so why shouldn’t government be the one to fix this impending global warming that they also believe in?