Researchers at Tilburg University in the Netherlands surveyed both scientists and highly educated nonscientists and asked them to rate the two categories of people in terms of objectivity, rationality, integrity, open-mindedness, intelligence and cooperativeness. Both groups rated scientists higher on every one of these measures, yet scientists perceived bigger differences between the two groups than laypeople did. Anthony and Jeff discuss the findings and decide whether scientists are able to be rational about themselves.
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