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Polarization for controversial scientific issues increases with more education

20:00 EDT 20 Aug 2017 | AAAS

(Carnegie Mellon University) A commonly proposed solution to help diffuse the political and religious polarization surrounding controversial scientific issues like evolution or climate change is education.However, Carnegie Mellon University researchers found that the opposite is true: people's beliefs about scientific topics that are associated with their political or religious identities actually become increasingly polarized with education, as measured by years in school, science classes, and science literacy.

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