In an opinion article at The Scientist magazine, Dietram Scheufele and I discuss 5 intuitive but persistant myths about science, the media, and the public, drawing on conclusions discussed at the recent National Academies “Science of Science Communication” conference.  The five myths we highlight include:

  • 1. Americans no longer trust scientists.
  • 2. Science journalism is dead.
  • 3. Entertainment media promote a culture of anti-science.
  • 4. The problem is the public, not policymakers or scientists.
  • 5. Political views don’t influence the views of scientists.