Kenneth Miller – Science Denial: From Anti-Vaxers and Climate “Skeptics” to the Ark Park. Why it Continues and Why it Matters

Ken-office-2Science Denial: From Anti-Vaxers and Climate “Skeptics” to the Ark Park. Why it Continues and Why it Matters
Kenneth R. Miller, Professor of Biology, Brown University
MBL Rare Books Collection Open House

Friday, January 6, 2017 – 7:30 PM
Lillie Auditorium
Lectures are free and open to the public.

Lecture Abstract:

Public opinion in the world’s leading scientific nation continues to demonstrate a surprising unwillingness to embrace the scientific consensus on issues affecting the well-being and prosperity of the country and the world. While it might seem logical to attribute the prevalence of anti-science attitudes to religious dogma or factual unawareness, the roots of this problem go far deeper, and relate to popular perceptions of science and scientists. I will consider multiple aspects of science denial, and suggest how the scientific enterprise and science education need to change to reclaim the cultural high ground in American society.

Kenneth R. Miller is Professor of Biology at Brown University. A graduate of Brown, he earned his Ph. D. at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and taught at Harvard University for six years before returning to Brown. He is a cell biologist whose research focuses on the organization of biological membranes. He is coauthor of leading high school and college Biology textbooks, and has written two books for general readers: Finding Darwin’s God, and Only a Theory – Evolution and the Battle for America’s Soul. He has received a number of honors including the Gregor Mendel Mendel from Villanova University, the Laetare Medal from Notre Dame University, the Stephen Jay Gould Prize from the Society for the Study of Evolution, and the Public Understanding of Science Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2005 he was the lead witness for the victorious plaintiffs in the landmark Kitzmiller v. Dover trial on the teaching of evolution in public schools.