Naomi Oreskes on Trust in Science

Naomi Oreskes on Trust in Science

PERITIA Lecture 1
6 Apr 2021

“Do doctors really know what they are talking about when they tell us vaccines are safe? Should we take climate experts at their word when they warn us about the perils of global warming? Why should we trust science when our own politicians don’t?”, reads the abstract of Naomi Oreskes (Harvard University) book “Why Trust Science?”, which she will present as in the first of of the PERITIA Lectures [Un]Truths: Trust in an Age of Disinformation.

Oreskes is an internationally renowned geologist, science historian, and author of both scholarly and popular books and articles on the history of earth and environmental science.  Her authored or co-authored books include, among others, Merchants of Doubt (2010), Discerning Experts (2019), and Science on a Mission: How Military Funding Shaped What We Do and Don’t Know about the Ocean (2021).

How to join

Hosted by the UCD Centre for Ethics in Public Life and the American University of Armenia, the lectures are open to all upon registration via Zoom and moderated by science communicator Shane Bergin. The first part of this online series runs every second Tuesday, from April to June 2021. Participants are invited to join an interactive Q&A debate after each lecture. Reading materials are available for academic purposes on this page. Registration is free.