A Modestly Grandiose Proposal for How Scientists and Journalists Might Save the World, Up for Discussion
G1) A Modestly Grandiose Proposal for How Scientists and Journalists Might Save the World, Up for Discussion
There is a body of techniques and practices, a language and culture, that scientists learn by apprenticeship and osmosis as they train. These form the underpinnings of an approach to the world that is shared by scientists, but not much used (or understood) by the rest of society. Nobel Prize-winning physicist Saul Perlmutter and colleagues in psychology and philosophy asked young scientists on the University of California, Berkeley campus a simple question: “Are you troubled by how our society makes decisions?” Perlmutter will use this interactive session to explore with journalists what the concepts implicit in science are and whether they could help society address difficult issues such as are raised by the global environment and economics, and to tease out hard questions that should be asked of both science and society.