[SydPhil] Erin Nash (UNSW): (Mis)information and Science-Informed Policymaking: The Probability Argument | UNSW Philosophy Seminar, 5 March 2019

Heikki Ikaheimo h.ikaheimo at unsw.edu.au
Thu Feb 28 20:12:44 AEDT 2019


(Mis)information and Science-Informed Policymaking: The Probability Argument

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School of Humanities & Languages (Philosophy)

Abstract: In this paper I develop what I call the ‘Probability Argument’, which highlights the consequences—in democratic societies—of non-experts having distorted perceptions of the probabilities that empirical hypotheses are correct. In contrast to both the ‘deficit’ and ‘cultural cognition’ models of science communication, my model accounts for a number of considerations that have been overlooked in the literature, such as the impact of the communication of misinformation, the place of higher-order evidence (i.e. evidence about putative experts, and the processes they have used to arrive at their first-order claims), and the role that intermediaries play in the communication of both first- and higher-order evidence.

Bio: Dr Erin Nash<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/7T1xCOMxNytLBkYGsv-nZj?domain=erinjnash.co> is a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Humanities and Languages. Her PhD thesis (Durham University, UK) was in the emerging field of political epistemology, specificially looking at the political costs of misinformation about science circulating in our public knowledge systems. Her first degree is in science, and before returning to academia she had a policy-based career in government and non-government organisations in Australia, SE Asia, and Europe. She has also recently worked with political scientists and practitioners from the AAAS in the US on a NAS funded research project<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/jbe9CP7yOZt1Lnglt1ldFG?domain=american.edu> on effective and ethical science communication with policymakers.

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Dr Erin Nash

Event Details:

Tuesday, 5 March 2019
12:30 – 2:00 pm
Goldstein, Room G07
Kensington Campus, UNSW

No RSVP required.

Map reference: B17<http://fmtoolbox.unsw.edu.au/comms/KensingtonCampus.pdf>

Contact: Heikki Ikaheimo
e: h.ikaheimo at unsw.edu.au<mailto:h.ikaheimo at unsw.edu.au>

UNSW Arts & Social Sciences
UNSW Sydney,
NSW 2052

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