GMO denial based on moral absolutism, not rational analysis

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Despite the overwhelming scientific consensus that genetically modified foods are safe, most of the country remains skeptical. Obviously, that’s not because GMO deniers have some secret information that the scientists don’t—and, according to a new study in Perspectives In Psychological Science, it’s not due to any sort of rational analysis either. No, most GMO deniers base their pseudoscience on something far more difficult to disprove: moral values.

“Attitudes about GM are the result of absolute moral values rather than consequence-based calculations,” the authors write. “Their defining characteristic is the unconditional proscription of certain actions.”

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. . . . [A]t least one study found that the average American knows next to nothing about biotechnology. So what makes them think they’re smarter than the biologists?

“. . . [F]or many people, attitudes about GM are the result of absolute moral values rather than consequence-based calculations,” the authors write. . . .

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“. . . [T]he prevalence of moral absolutism bodes poorly for public discourse on genetically modified food,” the authors write. “For GM. . . mitigating moral absolutism may be a first step toward resolving long-standing conflicts.”

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