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THIS SEMINAR HAS BEEN CANCELLED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE
Seminar Title: Climate Science Communication: Who Needs to Know What from Whom?
“Science communication” is—or certainly ought to be understood to be—a system. That system consists of the all the diverse mechanisms and processes that operate to assure that the knowledge generated by science is recognized and given proper effect by all the individuals whose welfare depends on making evidence-informed decisions. How that system operates, and how it can be protected from influences that interfere with its functioning, are matters that themselves admit of and demand scientific investigation. Indeed, such investigation suggests that the empirically naïve understanding that “science communication” involves simply imparting scientific information, and that makes no distinction about what sorts of information are needed by diversely situated actors in order for the knowledge generated by science to reliably inform individual and collective decision making, is itself an impediment to the effective operation of science communication as a system. . . . How’s that for “science communication”? Don’t worry. I’ll explain more at the lecture.