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Naomi Oreskes: "Trust in Science?" - Princeton University Tanner Lecture

On Wednesday, 30 Nevember, the internationally renowned geologist and science historian Naomi Oreskes will lecture on the subject of when and why should we trust science? It is the first of her two Tanner Lectures on Human Values at Princeton University in which she will discuss the reliability and importance of science together with experts from different fields of investigation, such as PIK's Chief Economist and Deputy Director Ottmar Edenhofer.
When Nov 30, 2016
from 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM
Where McCormick 101, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08544, USA
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Naomi Oreskes is professor of the history of science and affiliated professor of Earth and planetary sciences at Harvard University, and an internationally renowned geologist, science historian, and author.  She received a B.Sc. (First Class Honours) in Mining Geology from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London and then worked as an exploration geologist in the Australian outback. She received an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Geological Research and History of Science from Stanford University. Oreskes is the author of both scholarly and popular books and articles on the history of earth and environmental science and in recent decades has been a leading voice on the issue of anthropogenic climate change.

Professor Oreskes will lecture on the subject of when and why should we trust science? Many people are confused about the safety of vaccines, the reality of climate change, and other matters. Doctors tell us that vaccines are safe, and scientists that climate change is real, but how do they know that? How are we to make sense of competing claims? Oreskes argues that we should generally trust science and she explains why, together with commentators Ottmar Edenhofer, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Marc Lange, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.


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