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From Climate Change Denial to Conspiracy Theories

    Local News    November 9, 2017

Did you know that half of us believe in at least one conspiracy theory? Did you know that thirteen percent of Americans believe that climate change is a hoax?

Although scientists long ago settled on the conclusion that human activities are causing climate change through the emission of greenhouse gases, a small but vocal number of dissenters remain unswayed by the evidence.

What causes people to reject scientific evidence? What contributes to climate change denial and to conspiracy theories in general?

To help us understand and address these issues – on Monday, November 13th at 7:30 PM at ArtSpring – the Salt Spring Forum welcomes Professor Stephan Lewandowsky, who is a cognitive scientist at the University of Bristol.

Lewandowsky’s most recent research interests examine the potential conflict between human understanding and the global climate. He has published extensively on how people respond to corrections of misinformation and what determines people’s acceptance of scientific findings.

From 2006 to 2008, Lewandowsky was Associate Editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. He has contributed many opinion pieces to the global media on issues related to climate change “skepticism” and the coverage of science in the media.

Don’t miss this highly informative discussion with one of the world’s leading cognitive scientists!

This special event commemorates Andy Skuce, a self-described “recovering oilman”, climate change activist, and much-valued community member. 

Tickets are on sale at ArtSpring – 250.537.2102 or online – and at Salt Spring Books. $15 – 2017/18 Forum Members; $20 General.

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