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Does public communication of science produce reliable knowledge?

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 10:30am to 11:30am

Boyce Thompson Institute, Auditorium

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Communication is the essence of science – it is the social process of collectively agreeing to what counts as reliable knowledge. It turns out that, at a theoretical level and increasingly at a practical level, you cannot distinguish between communication “within” the sciences and more public communication of science. Thus public communication is fundamental to science. This talk will use examples from cold fusion, to high-temperature-superconductors, to Mars meteorites, to arsenic-based-life, to citizen science as illustrations of the profoundly social nature of producing reliable knowledge. 

(Come any time after 10am for refreshments)

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CAPE: Cornell Association of Professors Emeriti, Sustainability

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CynthiaAnne Robinson

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Bruce Lewenstein

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Department of Science & Technology Studies

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