Overconfidence and Opposition to Scientific Consensus

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Humility is a great virtue, especially in the sciences. So, what happens when a layperson becomes overconfident about their scientific knowledge? Research has found that those oozing with overconfidence in their knowledge are more likely to oppose scientific consensus. When we, as laypeople, evaluate scientific claims, we must approach them with the maximal level of humility. Not only will we be less prone to believing in our (limited) knowledge, but we’ll also be more likely to accept the possibility that we are wrong and are relying on unreliable information. Read full article here

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