I enjoy trying to understand what makes people tick, and found this review interesting:
The blog reviews this study but brings in other information:
While there are a lot of topics addressed, one quote is interesting to our position here:
" Some patterns did emerge, in line with previous research, showing a strong correlation between an analytical style of thinking and acceptance of the scientific consensus. There was also a positive correlation with a liberal ideology, and a negative correlation with religious belief and conspiracy ideation.
So, it appears the best approach to science denial is not putting forth facts, but rather teaching critical thinking skills. Nothing really new there, but something …to think about.