Science Denial: Lessons and Solutions
Where: New York Academy of Sciences
250 Greenwich St., 40th Floor
212-298-8600 Price: Advance student tickets start at $50; not-for-profit at $135
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The outright repudiation of scientific facts is a longstanding, global phenomenon, and the negative consequences are vast for science, public health, global conservation, and beyond.
There is no single way to categorize those who deny science, complicating efforts to overcome science denial. It arises in all strata of education and political ideology, with diverse motivations. Importantly, it is frequently not a dismissal of all science (e.g., someone might accept climate change, but reject vaccines). Having increased scientific knowledge is only marginally protective against science denial, and at times can lead to increased polarization.
In response to this complex and pressing global challenge, this event will gather the world’s leading communications, political science, psychology, and behavior researchers with historians, public health officials, and science outreach experts for a 1-day symposium to delve into the history and cultural motivations of, challenges presented by, and future solutions to science denial.