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Saul Perlmutter talks about "Science, Reality, and Credibility"

24 June 2019, CSSB auditorium

Saul Perlmutter heads the Supernova Cosmology Project at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Credit: Lawrence Berkeley Nat'l Lab - Roy Kaltschmidt, photographer.

Nobel Laureate in Physics 2011, Prof. Saul Perlmutter (University of California, Berkeley) will talk about "Science, Reality, and Credibility - The Necessity of Critical Thinking".

There is a body of techniques and practices, a language and culture, that is usually implicitly taught by apprenticeship and osmosis to graduate students and postdocs in the sciences.

This is the underpinning of an approach to building a credible sense of the “real world” that is shared by scientists, but not much used (or understood) by the rest of society.

Equipping future generations with this scientific-style critical thinking could be one of our most reasonable defenses against confused thinking and misinformation, both major challenges to our democratic societies’ ability to make deliberative decisions.

Can we make these implicit concepts explicit, and teach them to scientists and non-scientists alike? Could this help our society address difficult issues such as are raised by the global environment and economics? And how could citizen scientists use these tools to help build sources of credibility on the web and in the news.

With his talk, Prof. Perlmutter wants to spark a discussion that can be continued, with coffee, tea, and cake, in the CSSB foyer after the talk.

Venue: CSSB auditorium, building 15, Bahrenfeld Campus/DESY
Date: 24 June 2019, 2:00 - 3:30 pm


About Saul Perlmutter:
Saul Perlmutter is a 2011 Nobel Laureate, sharing the prize in Physics for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe. He is a professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, where he holds the Franklin W. and Karen Weber Dabby Chair, and a senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is the leader of the international Supernova Cosmology Project, and director of the Berkeley Institute for Data Science and executive director of the Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics. His undergraduate degree was from Harvard and his PhD from UC Berkeley. In addition to other awards and honors, he is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In addition to over 200 scientific publications, Perlmutter has also written popular articles, and has appeared in numerous PBS, Discovery Channel, and BBC documentaries. His interest in teaching scientific-style critical thinking for scientists and non-scientists alike led to Berkeley courses on Sense and Sensibility and Science and Physics & Music.

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