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Staff Writer for New Yorker Michael Specter to Speak at Purchase College

Michael Specter, a staff writer for The New Yorker, will speak at Purchase College on "Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives."

Michael Specter, a staff writer for The New Yorker, will speak at Purchase College on Wednesday, February 6 at 7 pm.

Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives

Has people’s mistrust of institutions turned them against scientific and technological advances that benefit us and society at large?  

That is the question that Michael Specter examines in Denialism.  

Instead of being seen as a source of progress, science is viewed by many as just another special interest group, with its own agenda to promote.  

And so there are efforts to ban genetically modified foods in a world where millions of people are at risk for malnutrition and starvation, and citizens groups protest the use of vaccines, one of the most effective public health measures ever developed.  

Specter instead argues for a New Enlightenment, rather than slipping back into magical thinking about the world we live in.
 
The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is the first in the Science in the Modern World series and will be held in the The Peforming Arts Center's PepsiCo Theater.
 
For more information, please contact the School of Natural and Social Sciences at 914-251-6631 
or email sciences@purchase.edu 

The Spring 2013 Science in the Modern World Lecture Series is sponsored in part by The Friends of Natural & Social Sciences and The New York Academy of Sciences.

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