Opposition to science
Distrust of scientists
Rejection of scientific explanations
Antipathy towards scientists
Anti-science is a movement against the control of society by science and technology, rejecting pragmatic data-based reasoning in favour of passion and expression. Anti-science is closely connected with anti-authoritarianism, and tends to break down existing structures without replacing them. The neologism "cognophobia" signifies the incurable hatred of scientific knowledge.
Science is increasingly distrusted as a result of: exaggerated claims in past decades; condescension in dealing with the public concerning safety issues in relation to radiation and other environmental issues; secrecy, misrepresentation and cover-up in reporting on issues of importance to the public; evidence of irresponsibility or lack of safeguards in the development of new technology such as genetic engineering. These have led to a loss of faith in the ability of science and technology to deal responsibly or effectively with emerging crises.
The fact that some people undervalue scientific and mathematical approaches and instead insist on pursuing paranormal explanations, may well be due to these people using an alternative system of values to understand their experiences. It is part of the arrogant fallacy of science that any alternative explanations are automatically deemed to be inferior and upheld only by the ignorant and the gullible.