Giant Power: Technology, Energy, and the Beginnings of Post-Truth America

Dr. Naomi Oreskes, Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University, presenting at the Mahindra Center on October 18, 2017:
Naomi Oreskes is an American historian of science. She became Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University in 2013. She has worked on studies of geophysics, environmental issues such as global warming, and the history of science.
In 2010, Oreskes co-authored Merchants of Doubt which identified some remarkable parallels between the climate change debate and earlier controversies over tobacco smoking, acid rain, and the hole in the ozone layer. The authors argue that spreading doubt and confusion was the basic strategy of those opposing action in each case. In particular, a few contrarian scientists joined forces with conservative think tanks and private corporations to challenge scientific consensus.

 

4 responses to “Giant Power: Technology, Energy, and the Beginnings of Post-Truth America

  1. I suppose my lame idea is that we always fail to act. We always become aware to late. For, if it was on time then there would be nothing to be aware of, for it would not have been a problem.

    So then I extrapolate: we are already dead. We are merely doing everything we can do. We can’t even get 1000 to agree on what to do about any issue; does scientists really think we could get a effective consensus of 5billion?

    It’s just too ridiculous to even contemplate. So why are we upset or worried or sad?

    I’d say: it’s Becuase we are doing the only thing we are able to do at every juncture of subjectivity.

    We have to try. We have to be upset. We also actually have to have that issue there. We have to. Becuase it cannot be removed from that situation that is history/modernity/subjectivity. We have to think that we are in a center that is removed from the condition of the universe to be able to effect it in good and bad ways; we have to see ourselves as having power over the world.

    That is why we must only help.
    Because to not help is to live in a false reality, a fantasy. And actually, I’d say, an abuse of power.

  2. Hey you know what? I just read a article the New York Times I think it was, and you got me thinking: if the world ends and 12 years and I die than I have no more lives left. The Buddha will not be a record reincarnate again and neither will any of us towards enlightenment. How can that be possible?

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