There appears to be a significant “gap” between scientists and the public, where people reject widely accepted scientific claims about everything from climate change, to vaccine safety, to even whether the earth, is in fact, a globe (Pew, 2015).  This gap is relevant not only for epistemic reasons. Failure to believe certain scientific claims can also have important effects on people’s behaviors, and their support for public policies consistent with the evidence (Aklin and Urpelainen, 2014, McCright et al., 2013).  Intemann considers several different explanations for this gap, as well as evaluate solutions that have been pursued by scientists and science studies scholars.  She argues that certain strategies, such as emphasizing consensus among experts or discrediting dissenters fail to address (and may actually exacerbate) an important dimension of the problem: a lack of trust both in scientists and the values that are sometimes presupposed in certain research programs.  Alternative strategies that might more effectively address this aspect of the problem are identified and defended.

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