“….”Many people don’t have training in science, and so they may very well misunderstand the science. But because they don’t have the knowledge to evaluate it, they don’t realize how off their evaluations might be.”
“There is no obvious remedy for the one-two punch of widespread misinformation and a lack of mental tools for evaluating it…”
Um, yes, yes there is: education. It’s yet another argument for more education for more people, most especially science education. The US has been doing a terrible job of getting enough people into science, technology, engineering, & math careers; we could do much, much better . ..