Events & Seminars

Friday – May 4, 2018  –  3:00 – 5:00
6th Annual Knowlton/Jackson Distinguished Lecturer

Speaker:  Dr. Naomi Oreskes
Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University
Registration is now open:

Title: “When Science Goes Awry:  The Problem of Methodological Fetishism”
Abstract: There are numerous historical examples of scientists coming to conclusions that were later overturned, and many of those episodes that have to do neither with politics, religion, or commercial corruption.  How are we to evaluate the truth claims of science when we know that these claims may, in the future, be overturned?  If our knowledge is perishable and incomplete, how can we warrant relying on it to make decisions, particularly when the issues at stake are often socially or politically sensitive, economically consequential, or deeply personal?   In this talk, we look at some examples where scientists in some clear way went astray, and ask: Can we learn from these examples?  Do they have anything in common?  Might they help us answer the question of ex ante trust, by helping us to recognize cases where it may be reasonable, even necessary, to be skeptical?  I conclude that they do, by calling attention to the issue of methodology, and in particular to the ways in which excessive emphasis on preferred methodologies can lead to trouble.
Alumni speaker: Dr. Nick Obradovich

Computational social scientist at the MIT Media Lab. He studies the social impacts of climate change. His current research examines the effects of exposure to temperature on human communication patterns and on the structure of social networks.
Robert Paine Scripps Forum Auditorium


Monday – May 7, 2018 – CMBC SPECIAL AUTHOR EVENT
An evening with Dr. Jeremy J.B. Jackson and Steve Chapple

Former director of CMBC talks about his new book with co-author Steve Chapple (MAS-MBC Alumnus)
Breakpoint: Reckoning with America’s Environmental Crises
Birch Aquarium at Scripps 5:00 – 7:00
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Tuesday – June 12, 2018
MAS-MBC Annual Capstone Symposium

8:00 – 5:00
Robert Pain Scripps Seaside Forum Auditorium

January 11, 2019
Knowlton/Jackson Distinguished Speaker:  Rashid Samalia

Alumni Speaker: Sheila Walsh Reddy
3:30 – 5:00
Robert Paine Scripps Seaside Forum Auditorium