CLSC Presentation: Why Trust Science During a time when trust in science is weaning, when climate scientists are grasping to convince a large amount of the population to accept the reality of the climate crisis, when anti-vaccine attitude is gaining more traction, Professor 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.
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