Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check: Science and the Election

by Gary Niederhoff on October 10, 2016

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Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check: Science and the Election

This year’s election is divisive, but one subject enjoys some consensus: science and technology policies are important. So why aren’t the candidates discussing these issues? The answers might surprise you.

The organizer of Science Debate, who wants a live debate devoted to science and technology, describes one obstacle to meaningful discussion. He also shares how the candidates responded to probing questions about science.

Communication expert Kathleen Hall Jamieson looks back to the televised debate of Kennedy and Nixon to discern trends that have made productive discussion about science nearly impossible today (it didn’t start out that way!)

And, the unique situation in which the man at the top of one political ticket is flat out wrong about science: a physicist describes how Donald Trump’s anti-science position affects the election.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Shawn Otto / Science Debate
Part 2: Lawrence Krauss / Anti-Science Candidate
Part 3: “Real” Science Debate
Part 4: Kathleen Hall Jamieson / Science Debate History

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avatar John Anthony La Pietra October 20, 2016 at 3:27 pm

http://www.snopes.com/is-green-party-candidate-jill-stein-anti-vaccine/

(Spoiler alert: The answer is “No”, and Snopes rates the claim that she is as “FALSE”.)

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