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  • Seeking a climate change

    The Chronicle of Higher Education - 11/03/2014

    As his collaborators spread out, they will encounter a world not always eager to embrace Kahan’s work. Some social scientists can’t get past his ties to Mary Douglas; either they hold a grudge from her book or they echo her concern that worldviews don’t really exist in individuals. Others question the validity of cultural cognition in other countries, saying it reflects particular American values. Some seem to object to Kahan as an interloper. He’s “an outsider to all those subdisciplines,” says Matthew C. Nisbet, an associate professor of communications at Northeastern University. “He doesn’t necessarily have an allegiance to one network or paradigm.”

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