Whose Truth Is It Anyway? Social and Philosophical Perspectives on Scientific Disagreement

May 20 2017
1:50 pm - 2:25 pm
Ash Auditorium

Whose Truth Is It Anyway? Social and Philosophical Perspectives on Scientific Disagreement

As an enterprise based in reason and objectivity, scientific inquiry should be humanity’s greatest engine of consensus. And while science has yielded insights which are now common to much of humanity, disagreement still frequently occurs between scientists and scientific groups. This presentation will discuss why these disagreements arise, considering factors from both philosophy of science and sociology. This topic will then be examined through the lens of conflict resolution, in order to better understand how agreement may be catalysed in the future.