Dealing With Science Denial and Why I Don't Call It That Anymore

Byers Auditorium Genentech Hall

photo of Ann Reid

A conversation with Ann Reid, executive director of the National Center for Science Education

Surveys consistently show that about 40% of American adults believe that humans were created in their current form in the last 10,000 years. One-third of American adults do not believe that human activities are changing Earth's climate. And over 60% think that it is unsafe to consume genetically modified organisms. Why do so many people reject scientific conclusions that are based on overwhelming evidence? Are they anti-science? In denial? Ann Reid, executive director of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), will discuss why labels like "science denial" are neither accurate nor particularly helpful, and will share tools and lessons for communicating effectively about topics that are societally, but not scientifically, controversial. Read Dr. Reid's March 7, 2017 article "Why NCSE is Marching for Science" in the Huffington Post.

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This is the third event in the Advocating for Science and Scientists series, co-hosted by the student and postdoc-led Science Policy Group at UCSF and the Graduate Division. Photo on home page by Chris Condayan, American Society for Microbiology. Photo above — NCSE.