The blue shows the gap between US public and scientists. So, on the safety of eating GMOs, there is a 51 point gap (quite large) between the public’s perception and scientific findings. So, while the public generally doesn’t accept GMOs to be safe, the data show that GMOs are equal or superior to non-GMO crops. Ironically, and rather disturbingly to me, this is why I avoid posting on GMOs or food generally - the attacks I get on my blog are overwhelming. It’s a bizarre inversion of, say, the current vaccination argument where the public pretty much defers to and cites the science of inoculation. Anyway, I hate talking about food.

The chart also shows a significant gap between public perceptions on human influence on the climate. I’m surprised by the small gap on whether or not the ISS is a good investment.

Much has been made by media outlets on this research by Pew - most of it garbage commentary. Skip the media hype and go straight to the source: Public and Scientists’ Views on Science and Society.


American’s predictions and wants for the future

 A new report from Pew Research Center indicates that while most Americans anticipate great technological changes in the next few decades, many have doubts that new inventions and advances will help humanity in the long run.

In general, 59% of the 1,000 participants interviewed said technological changes would lead to a better future, while 30% said things would get worse. Many said they expected revolutionary advances in the next 50 years, such as lab-grown organ transplants.

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