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RIA # 70: Dr. Stephan Lewandowsky on Distrust of Science

Dr. Stephan Lewandowsky

Dr. Stephan Lewandowsky

On this episode, Katie is joined by Professor Stephan Lewandowsky, a cognitive scientist at the University of Bristol. He was an Australian Professorial Fellow from 2007 to 2012, and was awarded a Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award from the Australian Research Council in 2011. He received a Wolfson Research Fellowship from the Royal Society upon moving to the UK in 2013. He was appointed a Fellow of the Academy of Social Science in 2017. In 2016, he was appointed a fellow of the Center for Skeptical Inquiry for his commitment to science, rational inquiry and public education.

His most recent research interests examine the potential conflict between human cognition and the physics of the global climate, which has led him into research in climate science and climate modeling. He has published more than 150 scholarly articles, chapters, and books, including numerous papers on how people respond to corrections of misinformation and what variables determine people’s acceptance of scientific findings. He has also contributed around 50 opinion pieces to the global media on issues related to climate change “skepticism” and the coverage of science in the media. He is currently serving as Digital Content Editor for the Psychonomic Society and blogs routinely on cognitive research at

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Show Notes

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Segment 1: Memory and Misinformation [00:00-10:04]

In this first segment, Steve shares about his research relating memory and misinformation.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

Segment 2: Distrust of Science [10:05-21:26]

In segment two, Steve discusses some of his research studies related to distrust of science.

Segment 3: Techno-cognition and the Post-truth Era [21:27-38:03]

In segment three, Steve describes the concept of techno-cognition as one response to a post-truth era.

In this segment, the following resources are mentioned:

Bonus Clip #1 [00:00-02:34]: Examples of the Relationship Between Knowledge and Belief

Bonus Clip #2 [00:00-05:20]: Building a Computational Model

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