Science of why we don’t believe in science; We Can’t Handle the Truth, The

Illustration: Jonathon Rosen

Illustration: Jonathon Rosen

(from Mother Jones of May/June 2011) can be a useful tool for discussion of why new truth – of any kind – has difficulty being understood and accepted.  “The science” dates from the 1950s and a number of researchers in the field are cited.   While Mother Jones is liberal in view-point, liberals as well as conservatives find it difficult to weigh truth that contradicts accustomed convictions.  This article can help readers to converse with listening skills rather than to argue to win.  Click on http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/03/denial-science-chris-mooney.