Public Misunderstanding of Science? Reframing the Problem of Vaccine Hesitancy

Perspectives on Science 24 (5):552-581 (2016)
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The public rejection of scientific claims is widely recognized by scientific and governmental institutions to be threatening to modern democratic societies. Intense conflict between science and the public over diverse health and environmental issues have invited speculation by concerned officials regarding both the source of and the solution to the problem of public resistance towards scientific and policy positions on such hot-button issues as global warming, genetically modified crops, environmental toxins, and nuclear waste disposal. The London Royal Society’s influential report “Public Understanding of Science”, which spearheaded the now-thriving area of science...
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