Elisa Järnefelt

Book chapter in Perspectives on Science and Culture (eds. Rutten, Blancke & Soetaert)

In this article I discuss how spontaneous intuitions and everyday reasoning about natural phenomena - that in many ways is in contrast to the scientific information - can still affect people’s understanding and receptivity to scientific concepts, such as ‘evolution’ and ‘anthropogenic climate change.’ Both of the latter concepts involve abandoning many of the automatic hunches that people possess about the origins and functioning of the natural world. I also discuss how these intuitions may have an effect on people’s trust in the scientists who form and present the scientific information to the public. In the end, I suggest how scientists could tackle the challenge of communicating about science to the public in an accurate and welcoming way.


Elisa Järnefelt (2018): Suspicion toward science and the role of automatic intuitions about origins. Rutten, Kris, Blancke, Stefaan & Soetaert, Ronald (eds.), Perspectives on Science and Culture, pp. 109-130. West Lafayette: Purdue University Press.