Education doesn't significantly impact general acceptance of science; understanding specific scientific areas is more closely linked to trust than overall education (debunking the 'information deficit model').
- Beliefs (e.g., political conservatism, religiousness, conspiracy ideas) influence trust in science.
- Open-mindedness and intellectual humility build trust in science.
- Intellectual humility links to positive attitudes on COVID-19 vaccines.
- Facts alone aren't enough to build trust; addressing cognitive biases and empathizing with reluctance to accept evidence are crucial.