New paper out: “Who is skeptical about scientific innovation?”
In two studies examining a wide range of potential worldview predictors, we find first evidence that *spirituality* is important for science skepticism beyond the domain of vaccination. Spiritual people (at least in the Netherlands) tend to be more skeptical of nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, and human gene editing. Traditional religiosity also predicts nanotechnology and gene editing skepticism. These relationships can be accounted for by the fact that spiritual and religious people have lower faith in science in general, but more research is needed to fully understand these dynamics.
In addition, concern about *human tampering with natural processes* was a robust positive predictor of skepticism across all three studied domains.