A Credibility Conundrum

Joel Berger

in The Better to Eat You With

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780226043630
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226043647 | DOI:
A Credibility Conundrum

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This chapter discusses how many still fail to make the link between the study of natural history and the study of science. The rancor between science and application has grown only firmer, whether the issue is global warming, stem cells, or ecological restoration. When knowledge becomes available, the public demands it, along with accountability, a force that causes governmental practices to change. The acceptance of cold, hard facts is far easier when they have no bearing on our culture, our beliefs, and our economies. Science is controversial, and some people will never believe a fact is a fact unless they witness it. The chapter considers the issue of carnivore reintroduction in the United States, where the base of knowledge has shifted from fact to perception.

Keywords: science; natural history; carnivore reintroduction; United States

Chapter.  2457 words. 

Subjects: Animal Behaviour and Behavioural Ecology

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