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From MMR to Climategate: Are We All Scientific Experts Now?

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Wednesday, 9 October 2013 from 19:00 to 21:30 (BST)

Cardiff, United Kingdom

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Professor Harry Collins, Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology, will deliver the inaugural lecture in the Cardiff Critical Thinking lecture series. Scientific controversies, like the Climate Research Unit emails leaked during "Climategate", often make the news. Sometimes scientific controversies also kill people -- an obvious recent example being the MMR vaccine debacle. Often it turns out that, among expert scientists, there was never any controversy. How does this happen? Why do we confuse the media and vocal members of the public with real scientific experts?  Professor Collins will use the examples of the MMR controversy, Climategate, and the tragedy of anti-retroviral drugs in South Africa to argue that, "If we start to believe we are all scientific experts, society will change: it will be those with the power to enforce their ideas or those with the most media appeal who will make our truths according to whatever set of interests they are pursuing."


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Birt Acres Lecture Theatre, Bute Building, Cardiff University
King Edward VII Ave
Cardiff
CF10

United Kingdom

Wednesday, 9 October 2013 from 19:00 to 21:30 (BST)


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