Truth and Scientific Inquiry




In recent history there have been huge public debates about the truth of theories that are widely supported by scientific inquiry. Evolution, the connection between cigarette smoking and cancer, and climate change due to human activity have all been subject to denial by a large segment of society even in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence. Part of the doubt can be attributed to misrepresentation of the science by vested interests. However, a large part of doubt can also be attributed to a lack of understanding of, and trust in, scientific process.

Bryson Brown will argue that science has lot to teach us about successful inquiry. A little modesty, a little curiosity and an open but critical mind are all we need to learn a lot about the world, including some surprising and beautiful truths. But to appreciate them properly, we need to understand what makes scientific evidence so convincing. Will human society be better served with this knowledge?

Speakers: Bryson Brown, PhD

Bryson Brown earned his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in 1985. His thesis was entitled “Science in Conflict”. His academic positions have included Universities in Houston, Halifax, Melbourne and Lethbridge where he has taught since 1986. Research interests are focused on History and Philosophical Science. His latest book is entitled “Truth and Probability, Essays in Honour of Hugues Leblanc” (2006).

Moderator: Klaus Jericho

Klaus is a Research Scientist retired from Health Canada into new inquiries.

Location: Sven Ericksen’s Family Restaurant (lower level) 1715 Mayor Magrath Drive S., Lethbridge, Alberta

Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m. / Cost: $8.00 includes lunch

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