What a fool believes (in 2012): Journalists, Scientists and End of the World-ists

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 12:15to13:30
Strathcona Anatomy and Dentistry Building M-1, 3640 rue University, Montreal, QC, H3A 0C7, CA
Free Admission. Open to All.

As students of the world, we must think carefully about the role of journalists, scientists, politicians and religion when it comes to the environment.  To quote the Doobie Brothers (1978): "What a fool believes he sees, no wise man has the power to reason away."

In 2004, American journalist Bill Moyers was awarded a Global Environmental Citizen Award by Harvard Medical School.  In his acceptance speech, Mr. Moyers spoke candidly about the number of Americans who believe that environmental destruction is a (welcome) sign that we're fast approaching the second coming of Jesus.  He emphasized that this belief is held by many policy makers in Washington.  In Canada, politicians do not air their religious views in public, but they are expected to explain their policy decisions. Recently, our federal government revoked most federal environmental laws and eliminated government funding for science without offering any explanation at all. To figure out what's going on, Canadian journalists like Lawrence Martin are saying that we must begin to study the behaviour of government much as a scientist approaches the study of any living thing: by gathering clues about what makes them tick. 

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