It's maybe the single most baffling and occasionally infuriating question of our time: Why is it that some people simply don't believe scientific evidence? After all, the scientific method has served us pretty well these last few centuries. Based on track record alone, science would seem to be the one institution you can believe and put your faith in.
Alas, rational thinking tends to go out the window when dealing with certain kinds of scientific evidence - climate change, for instance. And, ironically, there's scientific evidence to prove it. Several recent studies have analyzed the influence of politics and ideologies on basic human cognition, and the results are ... hmm, discouraging is the polite term. In today's DNews report, Trace Dominguez looks at the strange phenomenon of "hot cognition" as it relates to emotions, decisions and snap judgments.
Forbes: Let's Discuss Climate Change In Donald Trump's America; Trolls Welcome
ScienceDaily: Exploring status quo bias in the human brain
NASA: Scientific consensus: Earth's climate is warming