Science Denialism, Public Policy, and Global Health
Thursday, June 28, 2018, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St Fl 40, New York
The New York Academy of Sciences
Science denialism — the rejection of basic facts that are well-supported parts of the scientific consensus on a subject — has come to the fore in recent years. Examples of denialism abound: HIV does not cause AIDS, vaccines cause autism, smoking does not cause cancer, climate change is not accelerated by CO2 emissions, to name a few. The dismissal of overwhelming scientific evidence can have vast, negative consequences for both public health and global conservation.
Endeavors to combat science denialism take many forms, with much emphasis placed on improving scientific communication. However, it has been suggested that these messaging strategies must tread carefully, as directly refuting a falsehood may further embed it in the minds of the deniers. Thus, further study and innovative approaches are required to help elevate science in public policy and in the public discourse.
Given the lasting impact of science denialism on global health, the New York Academy of Sciences, together with the Rutgers Global Health Institute, will present an evening panel discussion for the general public that will raise awareness of this issue, explore its causation, and provide a transparent dialogue for enacting meaningful responses to denialism today. Ira Flatow, the host of Science Friday, will guide science historian Allan Brandt, public opinion and science communication specialist Dominique Brossard, public policy expert Kelly Brownell, and political scientist Kelly Greenhill through these important conversations.
June 28, 2018