Naomi Oreskes: Why we should trust scientists
Naomi Oreskes - Historian of science
Naomi Oreskes is a historian of science who uses reason to fight climate change denial. Full bio
don't believe the science.
warming due to human activities,
evolution by natural selection,
science as a matter of belief.
apart and distinct from science.
reasoning to the question of
claims for ourselves in most cases.
true for most scientists as well
claims of other scientists?
that the reason we should
model, the textbook model,
place in the natural world?
theory of general relativity,
as it travels around the sun.
to make things complicated.
one example of a famous law:
are several problems with this model.
three reasons why it's wrong.
of affirming the consequent.
prove that the theory is correct.
again from the history of science.
lots of predictions that came true.
of the motions of the planet,
which we now would say is true.
be aware that they're making.
so you guys can't see the stars,
imagine you chose that rural life —
see it against a different backdrop.
difference, is the stellar parallax.
that the Copernican model was false.
that astronomers were making
about the size of the Earth's orbit.
that the Earth's orbit was large
smaller even than shown here.
of that is one of the most
man on the voyage of the Beagle,
to have a career as a scientist
including his famous finches.
he threw them in a bag
theory of natural selection.
like the Appalachians,
compressed from the side.
the cause of mountains.
to do with climate change,
that in the last 50 years
climate change is happening,
been taken out of context,
is intrinsically conservative.
and collect more evidence.
really look like scientists,
to become better listeners.
About the speaker:Naomi Oreskes - Historian of science
Naomi Oreskes is a historian of science who uses reason to fight climate change denial.
Why you should listen
Noami Oreskes is a professor of the History of Science and an affiliated professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University. She received her PhD at Stanford in 1990 in the Graduate Special Program in Geological Research and History of Science.
In her 2004 paper published in Science, "Beyond the Ivory Tower: The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change,” Oreskes analyzed nearly 1,000 scientific journals to directly assess the magnitude of scientific consensus around anthropogenic climate change. The paper was famously cited by Al Gore in his film An Inconvenient Truth and led Oreskes to testify in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
Oreskes is the co-author of the 2010 book Merchants of Doubt, which looks at how the tobacco industry attempted to cast doubt on the link between smoking and lung cancer, and the 2014 book The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future, which looks back at the present from the year 2093. Both are written with Erik M. Conway.
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