Here’s another video from the recent Beyond Belief: Candles in the Dark conference. This time Lawrence Krauss discusses science and politics.
Lawrence Krauss is always of good value. He is Foundation Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and the Physics Department, Co-Director of the Cosmology Initiative and Inaugural Director of the Origins Initiative at Arizona State University. He is an internationally known theoretical physicist with wide research interests, including the interface between elementary particle physics and cosmology, where his studies include the early universe, the nature of dark matter, general relativity and neutrino astrophysics.
The value of a science ethos for society
Krauss has been active in the Science Debate 08 campaign and also is serving on a science policy committee for Barack Obama. He points out that science is not understood as a vital and important part of our culture – and that is a pity. The scientific ethos of honesty, full disclosure and anti-authoritarianism would be of great benefit in politics.
In this video Krauss discusses the problem that the media has in discussing science and its role. Issues such as the treatment of “balance” in reporting (which can mean balancing the science of, for example, evolution and climate change with equal time for those who deny the science). He also deals with the fundamental irrationality in society which provides avenues for bad science.
Referring to the fear of science in society he sees the need to communicate several ideas:
- Science is more than a “story” of equal standing to other stories in religion and politics. Science has a relationship to actual reality and consequence;
- Science actually underlies any good decisions required in most policy areas;
- Science is not a threat to morality, ethics or faith.
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