Published November 15, 2023 | Version v1
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Standing for science in the era of social media and fake news

  • 1. BCMaterials, Basque center for Materials, Applications and Nanostructures, Leioa, Spain
  • 2. Tissue Microenvironment lab (TME lab), Aragón Institute of Engineering Research (I3A)


Before the last global financial crisis, scientists were thought to be competent people who could be asked for a trustworthy judgement on a specialized topic. This changed after the banking and real estate sectors experienced the 2008 financial crisis, which caused a decline in trust in economic gurus. Nonetheless, due to consistent technological advancements, new developments in AI tools, and improvements in healthcare, faith in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) has grown. But public trust in science and scientists in general has been eroding recently. Unquestionably, science was successful in combating the COVID-19 pandemic. In contemporary postmodern society, scientists are losing their privileged position as role models to other professionals. Why is this happening?


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