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Should we trust science? – Wellington talk

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. If you are in Wellington next Tuesday this should be an interesting … Continue reading

The “You Can’t Trust Science!” agenda

Here’s a nice little video I picked up from The Guardian (see You Can’t Trust Science!). It’s a rebuttal of those claims that “Science has an agenda! Science is unreliable!” (Please ignore the salacious eye-catching aspects). You Can’t Trust Science! … Continue reading

The distrust of science – a task for science communication

Michael Foley, a Senior Lecturer in Public health dentistry at The University of Queensland has an interesting  article in The Conversation* – ‘Holistic’ dentistry: more poppycock than panacea? He declares that “all dentists should be practicing holistic medicine.” After all, the World … Continue reading

News media influences public trust in science

No one will be surprised at the headline on Dana Nuccitelli‘s Guardian blog – Fox News found to be a major driving force behind global warming denial. Still, the article references a new research paper by Hmielkowski et al. in the Public … Continue reading

Trusting science

I came across an interesting post on the Saganist bog. Entitled Why I trust science it is a response to a discussion between a ‘philosophical naturalist’ and Christian radio hosts. The discussion was mainly around how we acquire knowledge so … Continue reading

Debating science

The Science March in Palmerston North. Credit: Erin Wilson, Twitter. This last week has certainly raised the profile of the “science debate” in New Zealand. Most importantly we saw big turnouts for the Science March in several major cities – a … Continue reading

Public discussion of science can be toxic

Public discussion of the science around problems humanity faces today seems inevitably to be diverted by hostility, misleading propaganda, personal attacks, and even outright censorship* of scientists and supporters of science. This creates an atmosphere, and an information overload, which turns the … Continue reading

Big business funding of anti-science propaganda on health

Most readers are aware the fossil fuel industry finances the spreading of doubt about climate change science. But people are less aware of the role played by the “natural”/alternative health industry in promoting doubt about the science of health issues. Author … Continue reading

The ugly truth about critics of “the ugly truth” in science

It’s an interesting issue. Do we sometimes get too defensive about established science? In our efforts to counter the propaganda of the naysayers do we paint an over-optimistic picture of scientific knowledge? Do we sometimes neglect to make a critical … Continue reading

Discussing science on social media

Some relevant memes I picked up on Facebook recently. How often do discussion partners adopt this approach?: Or when pushed for their “evidence” we have to respond with: Finally, a citation from their recommended “scientific” source – but: Then – … Continue reading