Arbiters or Agitators? Why Perception Matters For Science Advocates (Part Two)


In a previous post, I talked about the perpetual balancing act for scientists who navigate policy and politics. Several news outlets have concluded, based on a recent study, that scientists have little to lose by becoming political activists. (For a little context, I recommend reading that post first). However, this conclusion overstates the evidence. In this post I take a deep dive into that study, which looks at the effects of scientists’ political advocacy on societal perceptions. This post is not nearly as circumspect as the prior. Be forewarned: it’s about to get wonky in here.

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