Reality Check: How Science Deniers Threaten Our Future

Sunday, May 18th 2014 at 10:59 am
Sunday, May 18th 2014 at 12:59 pm
Center for Inquiry-L.A., 4773 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90027

Many forms of denial of consensus science, such as creationism, climate deniers, anti-vaxxers, AIDS deniers, are active in today's culture, attempting to prevent the public understanding and teaching of established scientific ideas that threaten their ideology. All of them borrow from "The Holocaust Deniers' Playbook" for strategies that create smokescreens to cast doubt on scientific truths, quote out of context, cherry-pick or distort data, and deliberately mislead people in order to prevent widespread acceptance of scientific ideas. According to Prof. Donald Prothero in his new book, Reality Check: How Science Deniers Threaten Our Future, such denial of the reality that faces us in the future is not only bad philosophically but also directly kills people, and threatens our society and its ability to be competetive in science and technology.

Prothero taught college geology and paleontology for 35 years at Caltech, Columbia, and Occidental, Knox, Vassar, and Pierce Colleges. With a doctorate in geological sciences from Columbia University, he wrote more than 35 books (including five leading geology textbooks), and more than 300 scientific papers, mostly on the evolution of fossil mammals and on using the earth's magnetic field changes to date fossil-bearing strata. He has been on the editorial boards of many scientific journals and a Fellow of numerous societies and foundations. In 2013, he received the James Shea Award of the National Association of Geology Teachers for outstanding writing and editing the geosciences. He has been featured on numerous TV documentaries, including "Conspiracy Road Trip: Creationism," and TV shows such as "Jeopardy!" and "Win Ben Stein's Money." He previously discussed here his other most recent book, Abominable Science.

NOTE: E.G. Vallianatos will give the lecture in Costa Mesa at 4:30 p.m on Politics and the Poisoning of America. For more info, see the CFI-Orange County Feed Your Brain page here: 

Friends of the Center: FREE
Public: $8
Students (with ID): $4