Scientists and science communicators often believe that hearts and minds could be changed about complex scientific issues if only the public had access to more, and better, information. Yet evidence indicates that this is not the case.
Whether religious leaders or scientific experts, as human beings, we begin by trusting our source.
New ways of meeting and keeping in contact with each other, such as social media, present us with a whole new set of information on which we can base our judgments of others.
Religion and science needn’t live in their own echo chambers. Rather, they can coexist in a meaningful way, both informing the other.
Science is complex. But once we have a better understanding of the latest science, we can use that knowledge to inform public policy more effectively.
Rev. Paul Raushenbush and Rabbi Josh Stanton examine the ways that changes in communication technology, and particularly the Internet, are affecting religion today.