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Naomi Oreskes asks “why trust science” in an age of denialism


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Naomi Oreskes asks “why trust science” in an age of denialism

In Why Trust Science?, Naomi Oreskes’s asks bold questions but knows there are no clear answers – and critiques herself as the book unfolds Environment 6 November 2019 By Michael Brooks Defending the scientific method turns out to be a very complicated matterAlessandro Di Ciommo/Zuma Wire/Shutterstock “I DON’T want you to listen to me. I…

Naomi Oreskes asks “why trust science” in an age of denialism

In Why Trust Science?, Naomi Oreskes’s asks bold questions but knows there are no clear answers – and critiques herself as the book unfolds



Environment



6 November 2019

By Michael Brooks

Science protest

Defending the scientific method turns out to be a very complicated matter

Alessandro Di Ciommo/Zuma Wire/Shutterstock

“I DON’T want you to listen to me. I want you to listen to the scientists.” That is what climate activist Greta Thunberg told the US Congress in September when she offered a report by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) rather than her own words as testimony.

But why would anyone choose to listen to carefully dehumanised, committee-speak science over the impassioned, but not …

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