09/27/07 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
September 19, 2007
Claire Duggan: (202) 994-0616; firstname.lastname@example.org
Adela de la Torre: (202) 994-6424; email@example.com
***ATTENTION SCIENCE, POLITICS, AND PSYCHOLOGY EDITORS***
***Open to Media Only***
GW LAW SCHOOL AND THE CULTURAL COGNITION AND PROJECT AT YALE LAW SCHOOL RELEASE THE "SECOND NATIONAL RISK CULTURE STUDY"
De-Mystifying the Puzzling "Culture War of Facts"
Is there a "culture war" in America, and if so what is it about? Please join Donald Braman, associate professor of law at The George Washington University Law School, and Dan M. Kahan, Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law at Yale Law School, as they present findings from the Second National Risk Culture Study. Continental breakfast will be provided.
Thursday, September 27, 2007, 9:30 - 11a.m.
Jacob Burns Moot Court Room
2000 H Street NW, first floor
Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro (Orange and Blue lines)
Members of the media are welcome to attend the breakfast. For more information or to RSVP, contact Claire Duggan at (202) 994-0616; firstname.lastname@example.org or Adela de la Torre at (202) 994-6424; email@example.com.
Most people are less concerned about whether the government should ban flag burning than whether it should do something about global warming; about whether school children should be allowed to pray in school than whether workers should be afforded a higher minimum wage; about whether men should be allowed to marry other men than about whether the U.S. should send more men (and women) to Iraq. But it turns out that what they think about the former set of cultural issues accurately predicts what they think about the latter, seemingly material, non-cultural ones.
Why? That's the question that researchers affiliated with the Cultural Cognition Project at the Yale Law School have been studying. In a series of surveys and experiments funded by the National Science Foundation and involving some 5,000 Americans, these researchers chart how competing cultural values generate disagreements about basic facts relating to climate change, the HPV vaccine, gun control, terrorism, the war in Iraq, and other issues.
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