What makes some people reject scientific facts ? The obvious answer that would spring to mind is ignorance. But, according to recent studies, that is wrong.
While fake news is slowly becoming a cultural trend, the amount of people that believe the Earth is flat and other assumptions without scientific proof has led some scientists to research its origins. They have called this phenomenon the "anti-illumination" movement. Psychologists have identified a few key factors that push people towards this sort of fact rejection. And, surprisingly, education and intelligence are not among them.
On the contrary, these people seem to be just as interested in science or sometimes even more than everyone else. Apparently, they just choose to accept certain facts but totally reject others. Troy Campbell, a researcher from the Oregon University, mentioned that these choices strongly depend on the person's religious beliefs, political views and personal life experience. The main issue, according to Oregon Uni's conclusions, is that most people associate these facts to religious or political views. As more and more political figures express their views on scientific research and religious leaders discuss science with their followers, the legitimacy of scientific research is being eroded.
Psychologists say the best way to combat this is through communication, trying to find the key points that everyone agrees on, and discussint towards the things they reject and how they're connected.
While this phenomenon was not treated with much importance until recently, it is becoming increasingly obvious that it needs to be addressed, as it could really affect future scientific progress and development.