GCI Insights Seminar with Naomi Oreskes:
Merchants of Doubt
How a handful of scientists obscured the truth on issues from tobacco smoke to global warming
Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway have demonstrated what many of us had long suspected: that the debate over the climate crisis – and many other environmental issues – was manufactured by the same people who brought you safe cigarettes. Former US Vice President Al Gore
Famous for her research on the historical development and understanding scientific knowledge and dissent, Naomi Oreskes will roll back the rug on the dark corner of the American scientific community, showing how ideology and corporate interests, aided by a too-compliant media, have skewed public understanding of some of the most pressing issues of our era.
The renowned professor from the University of California San Diego will discuss her latest book Merchants of Doubt, which tells the story of how a loose-knit group of high-level scientists and scientific advisers, with deep connections in politics and industry, ran effective campaigns to mislead the public and deny well-established scientific knowledge over four decades.
When: Monday 16 November 2010, 5.30pm
Where: Abel Smith Theatre (Bldg 23), The University of Queensland, St Lucia (map)