How should climate scientists respond when their results are cherry picked or misrepresented to further an ideological agenda? The ACE CRC is hosting a seminar for scientists by the founder of Skepticalscience.com, John Cook, on the psychology of climate science denial and productive strategies for handling the problem.
Climate misinformation has a potent, negative influence on public perceptions about climate change. Further, misinformation can potentially cancel out scientists’ attempts to communicate accurate science. Nevertheless, responding to misinformation presents opportunities for scientists to communicate important scientific concepts and boost critical thinking skills.
In this presentation, John Cook from Global Change Institute at The University of Queensland will explain the psychological research into misinformation, outline the structure of an effective debunking and describe how this can be applied in newspaper op-eds, MOOC videos and peer-reviewed papers.
Date: Wednesday 27 July
Location: Aurora Lecture Theatre, IMAS Building, University of Tasmania, Hobart