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Response to edhopper (Reply #34)

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 04:52 PM

35. "... belief in the value of science ... can offer reassurance to secular individuals ..."

From the paper:

We hypothesized that belief in the value of science as an institution and in its superiority as a source of knowledge can offer reassurance to secular individuals in threatening contexts. We therefore expected that situations that increase stress and existential anxiety two constructs associated with a range of physiological, affective, and cognitive responses to threat (Greenberg, Solomon, & Pyszczynski, 1997; Kudielka & Wiedemann, 2001) would increase belief in science. To test these predictions, we developed a scale measuring belief in science and conducted two experiments in which we manipulated levels of stress or existential anxiety. Given that belief in the primacy of science is in tension with supernatural explanations, we also anticipated that belief in science would be negatively associated with religiosity.


From the previous post:

BTW: Designing a study to get the answer you want is not the mark of good science.


Being able to predict the results of a test shows that the experimenters have an understanding of the process.

Do you think that the tests at LHC that turned up the Higgs Boson were bad science because the experimenters predicted that they would find it?

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