Charlie Tyson's research while affiliated with Harvard University and other places

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Scientists in the United States are more politically liberal than the general population. This fact has fed charges of political bias. To learn more about scientists’ political behavior, we analyze publicly available Federal Election Commission data. We find that scientists who donate to federal candidates and parties are far more likely to support...
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The intentional spread of falsehoods – and attendant attacks on minorities, press freedoms, and the rule of law – challenge the basic norms and values upon which institutional legitimacy and political stability depend. How did we get here? The Disinformation Age assembles a remarkable group of historians, political scientists, and communication sch...

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... Importantly, at least in Germany (study 3), where currently seven larger parties are represented in the federal parliament, we obtained very similar results (but this finding is limited to the unique context of Covid-19 scientists). Finally, we focused on people's stereotypic beliefs about scientists, not considering the extent to which these are grounded in truth (38). Political stereotypes seem to often represent exaggerated real differences (39) and it might be interesting to investigate the role of stereotype-accuracy in the present context. ...
... Otherwise government leaders will have free reign to manipulate and distort the facts and thus escape accountability' (Bok, 1999, p. 170). Indeed, there is evidence of long-standing, systematic, political and commercial efforts in liberal democracies to persuade and influence populations through deception (Bakir et al., 2018b) and through disinformation networks of think tanks, lobbyists and financiers (MacLean, 2020;Oreskes & Conway, 2011;Oreskes et al., 2020). Unsurprisingly, numerous surveys in the USA, UK, European Union and Australia since the 1990s indicate that government officials, industry officials and journalists rank lowest out of society's key institutions that people trust to tell the truth. ...