Merchants of Doubt Documentary

Sunday, September 20th 2015 at 11:00 am
Sunday, September 20th 2015 at 1:00 pm

Inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway, the Merchants of Doubt documentary will take us on a satirically comedic, yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin. Acclaimed filmmaker Robert Kenner, who also made Food, Inc., lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver-tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities - yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change. 

"It offends me when someone takes the skills of my honest living," comments magician Jamy Ian Swiss, who has appeared at our Center before and is featured in the documentary, "and uses them to twist and distort and manipulate people and their sense of reality and how the world works." 

Conway is a historian of science and technology employed by Caltech and recently received a NASA History award for his "path-breaking contributions to space history, ranging from aeronautics to Earth and space sciences," and an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics' History Manuscript Award for his 4th book, Atmospheric Science at NASA: A History. Conway has spoken at the Center in the past about the book Merchants of Doubt, and last year about his new book written with Oreskes called The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future. 


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Students: $4
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