Lecture: Dynamics of Disbelief – Science, Society and Social Welfare (03/01/16)

Naomi Oreskes PhotoDynamics of Disbelief: Science, Society and Social Welfare
Naomi Oreskes Lecture

Tuesday, Mar  1 2016, at  7:30
Kane Hall, Room 120

Scientists have known for a century that human activities had the potential to disrupt the Earth’s climate system. In the early 1960s, they began to bring this message first to political leaders, and then to the American people at large. When the issue was discussed in the Nixon Administration in the late 1960s, none of his advisors doubted that the claim was true, they only wondered what if anything should be done about it. But as the science coalesced, and a forecast became a fact, disbelief set in. This talk examines the history and dynamics of climate science disbelief, and its implications for society and the common good.

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