RCI Science Lecture: The Science of Science Communication with Dan Kahan
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Science of Science Communication:
Why do people appear to ignore evidence & what can we do about it?
**Registrations for this event have closed. Limited seats may be available at the door.**
Promoting the public understanding of science is one aim of the “science of science communication” but it may not be the most important one for the well-being of a democratic society. After all, people form correct beliefs all the time about matters involving complex science they cannot even identify, much less understand. When people form incorrect beliefs, it is not because they cannot understand the science. The conflict comes instead when taking a certain position on an issue becomes a symbol of loyalty to a particular social group. Even the most science literate citizens unconsciously fit their assessments of evidence to positions that predominate in their group.
These “antagonistic cultural meanings” can disable the ability to absorb knowledge from the science communication environment. Studying this problem scientifically allows us to identify how to protect the science communication environment and to detoxify it when the protection strategies fail. This is essential to enlightened self-government.
Dan Kahan is the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School. He is a member of the Cultural Cognition Project, an interdisciplinary team of scholars who use empirical methods to examine the impact of group values on perceptions of risk and science communication. Professor Kahan is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Senior Fellow at the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement.
When & Where
Royal Canadian Institute (RCI) & the David Suzuki Foundation
The Royal Canadian Institute for Science (RCIScience)
RCIScience is Canada's oldest scientific organization. We began in Toronto in 1849 to help bring science and technology to address problems facing the expanding country. We continue to connect all Canadians to the science and technology so vital to our society.
The David Suzuki Foundation
We collaborate with Canadians from all walks of life, including government and business, to conserve our environment and find solutions that will create a sustainable Canada through science-based research, education and policy work.