We are currently pursuing a number of distinct, specific lines of research connected with the way in which the general public's epistemic orientation to science — many of them focused on the public perceptions of anthropogenic climate change as a central case study. Some of our work in progress may be found below.
- "Understanding and Trusting Science," Matthew H. Slater, Joanna Huxster, Julia E. Bresticker (Bucknell ’17), forthcoming in the Journal for the General Philosophy of Science [Journal Page | PDF]
- "Denialism as Applied Skepticism," Matthew H. Slater, Joanna Huxster, Julia E. Bresticker (Bucknell ’17), Victor LoPiccolo (Bucknell ’18), forthcoming in Erkenntnis. [Journal Page | PDF]
- "Attempts to Prime Intellectual Virtues for Understanding of Science: Failures to Inspire Intellectual Effort," Joanna Huxster, Melissa Hopkins (Bucknell ’16), Julia E. Bresticker (Bucknell ’17), Matthew H. Slater, & Jason Leddington, forthcoming in Philosophical Psychology (2017) [ Journal Page | Penultimate Draft ]
- "Understanding ‘Understanding’ in Public Understanding of Science,” Joanna Huxster, Matthew H. Slater, Jason Leddington, and six Bucknell Undergraduates (2017) Public Understanding of Science. [ Journal Page | Penultimate Draft ]
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Papers In Progress & Under Review
- "Reporting on Science as an Ongoing Process (or Not)," Matthew H. Slater, Emily Scholfield (Bucknell ’22), & Conor Moore (Bucknell ’20) [under review; PDF]
- "Open Questions in Scientific Consensus Messaging Research," Asheley Landrum & Matthew H. Slater [under review; preprint at Open Science Framework]
- "Understanding the Scientific Enterprise: Development and Validation of an Instrument to Measure Grasp of the Social Structure of Science," Joanna Huxster, Matthew H. Slater, and Asheley Landrum [SSRI working paper]
- "Public Conceptions of Scientific Consensus," Matthew H. Slater, Joanna Huxster, Emily Scholfield (Bucknell ’22).
- "Trusting the Scientific Community: The Development and Validation of an Instrument to Measure Trust in Science," Matthew H. Slater & Joanna Huxster [PDF]
- "Resilient Understanding: The Value of Seeing for Oneself,” Matthew H. Slater & Jason Leddington [PDF]
- "Epistemic Weismannism: Producing versus Transferring Understanding," Matthew H. Slater