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New CLSC Announcement: Why Trust Science?
Why Trust Science? by Naomi Oreskes
Thursday, July 15, 2021 03:30pm EDT | CHQ Assembly Video Platform
During a time when trust in science is waning, when climate scientists are struggling to convince a large part of the population to accept the reality of the climate crisis, when anti-vaccine attitude is gaining more traction every day, Professor Naomi Oreskes offers a bold and compelling defense of science, revealing why the social character of scientific knowledge is its greatest strength – and the greatest reason we can trust it.
Tracing the history and philosophy of science from the late nineteenth century to today, Professor Oreskes explains that, contrary to popular belief, there is no single scientific method. Rather, the trustworthiness of scientific claims derives from the social process by which they are rigorously vetted.
Naomi Oreskes is the Henry Charles Lea Professor of the History of Science and affiliated professor of Earth and planetary sciences at Harvard University. In addition to Why Trust Science?, she is the author of several books, including The Collapse of Western Civilization and Merchants of Doubt with Erik Conway.