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Settled Science

The Big Idea for Saturday, September 14, 2013

In our politically polarized society, nothing is beyond controversy -- including "settled" scientific issues that the scientific community does not actually consider controversial. Most likely, this is due to our 24/7 media culture, which promotes hype over accuracy and "exciting" antagonism over humdrum consensus.

As a result, many Americans are being misled on serious scientific issues, and science journalists have to spend an inordinate amount of time debunking myths which seemingly never die.

Some people object to this, claiming that nothing is ever truly "settled" in science, and therefore, everything is open for debate. While that's technically true, there are a multitude of issues in which the evidence is overwhelmingly in favor of one side of the argument.

But what of the issues in science that are genuinely controversial?



  1. 1 Top Genuine Controversies in Science
    Big Think Editors Experts' Corner
  2. 2 10 Examples of Settled Science that Are 'Controversial'
    Big Think Editors Think Tank
  3. 3 The Job of Science is to Make People Less Stupid
    Michael S. Gazzaniga 60 Second Reads
  4. 4 Mama, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Deny Evolution
    Bill Nye

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