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UNSW Centre for Ideas – The Politics of Science – FREE ONLINE EVENT
29/03/2022 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Online – Livestream or On Demand
“We don’t know for sure smoking causes cancer. The science isn’t settled…,” says the scientist funded by Big Tobacco.
More than anyone, Naomi Oreskes understands the politics of science and how public understanding of science is created. In her 2010 book, Merchants of Doubt, the internationally renowned geologist, scientist, historian and author drew several parallels between the tobacco industry’s denial of science, and similar tactics used by the fossil fuel industry to create uncertainty about human-induced climate change.
Now, in her latest book Science on a Mission, Oreskes looks at how military funding has shaped what we do and don’t know about the oceans.
Join her for a conversation with UNSW climate scientist Matthew England, and explore the enduring challenge of what scientists can do to maintain public trust in their work, and how the community can be more discerning about what they choose to believe.
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