By Savannah Smith   |  03-19-2018   Science
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The whole world mourned the passing of Stephen Hawking because of the immense respect he enjoyed in life as one of the greatest scientists of our time, his genius even comparable with Albert Einstein.

Hawking has some endearing qualities, too, aside from his obvious and unquestioned brilliance, including his knack of using popular culture to introduce and bring closer complex theories into ordinary lives. He also had no problems with being a celebrity, in fact, he showed signs that he enjoyed the fame that went with his stature.

Despite the high regard almost unanimously heaped on him in life and in death, Hawking knew when he was still alive that there wasn’t always a connection between scientific facts and people’s trust in those findings.

Scientific research is a very costly endeavor, billions of dollars are spent for it. It is probably due to the massive resources focused on scientific research that many people feel they have an interest in what the best and the brightest scientists turn up. The reality, however, is that whatever the field — climate change, medicine, vaccinations, genetically modified foods, smartphone technology — they have always been open to skepticism, mistrust and conspiracy.

A recent Ipsos global study surveying 14 countries say there's a great deal of mistrust of science among people. In Canada, for instance, 46 percent of people believe science has a "somewhat important" place in their everyday lives. A somewhat significant five percent, on the other hand, says it doesn't matter in their lives at all. Fifty-nine percent may feel strong ambivalence and said they "somewhat" trust science. Such findings are not exactly confidence-boosting for the field of science or the work of the geniuses.

It would be remembered also that not so long ago, Canada went through a period where government scientists were restricted in publicizing their work. Many protested and said they were "muzzled" by a deliberate government policy. Some say the science community has never recovered from that incident and reluctance still lingers to this day.

The question is begging to be answered: Are people losing trust in the ability of science to provide answers?

Source:

www.cbc.ca/radio/checkup/are-people-losing-faith-in-the-ability-of-science-to-provide-answers-1.4580684

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Anonymous No. 20950 1521485807

My reason…. Too many run to the cameras for funding predicting we need to be working of problems they "PREDICT" will happen unless they are funded with lots of $$$$$.

What I call looking for Meal Tickets.

Anonymous No. 20976 1521508578

If you really want to trust science without having to know much about it, go march with those climate change dip-shits

JS No. 21701 1522211055

A GIANT reson many people are dubious about science is the way that the media handles it. Talk heads on TV are dumbasses. They got that job because they have a nice face and voice. They don't really know science. They can't call out scientists that make extravagant claims or are seeking publicity and funding for whatever it is they are doing. Environmentalists are HORRIBLE about this. Over the course of my life I've gone from "expect a new ice age" in the early 70s to "we're all gonna die because of the ozone hole" in the eighties and the global warming crapfest ever since.

I remember many times medical breakthroughs have been announced but no drugs or treatments show up.

When you hear people make extravagant claims over and over, its like the boy that cried wolf. Sooner or later, people just stop listening.

In a way this is dangerous. Someday there will be a wolf. When that happens, I hope someone will listen.

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