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Why Trust Public Experiments?

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The talk discusses the problems in winning public trust for scientific claims through public demonstrations, and explores how the historical background of these kinds of trials has changed. It is often claimed that public sciences have unfortunately lost authority, and in cases such as anthropogenic climate change or genetic modification it is now unusually difficult to establish proper acknowledgment of facts and evidence. Some histories of the sciences and their publics may help clarify what is at stake in these controversies.

This talk is part of the Trinity College Science Society (TCSS) series.

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