Truth in the Internet Age: Science Under Siege

A Poynter Fellowship in Journalism Symposium
April 20, 2017 - 7:00pm
SSS 114 See map
1 Prospect St.

Dan Kahan, Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology
Meg Urry, Israel Munson Professor of Physics and Astronomy
David Hafler, William S. and Lois Stiles Edgerly Professor of Neurology and Professor of Immunobiology; Chair, Department of Neurology

Moderated by:

Carl Zimmer, Science writer, author of New York Times’ Column “Matter”
Alison Snyder, Science Editor, Axios

In the era of “post truth” and fake news, what are the implications for science? When is a fact a fact? What is the relationship between truth and the pursuit of scientific knowledge? How can breakthroughs in science be communicated to a public that polls suggest has grown more leery of expertise? Two days before the March for Science, these and other related to science communication will be explored in an unusual forum featuring interviews with three of Yale’s great professors: Dan Kahan, Meg Urry, and David Hafler. Their experiences underscore the difficulties facing scientists in a mistrustful and partisan age.

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