tv Science the Public Panel at Zocalo Public Square CSPAN October 15, 2019 8:01am-9:11am EDT
captioning performed by vitac >> it's a good point that emotions are part of our -- they're part of the process, right? they're part of how we form attitudes, they're part of our underlying beliefs. so i haven't heard a lot of people talk about fear, per se, you mean about the threat of climate change? >> climate change but also, especially when you were talking about autism in terms of vaccines, how much is -- >> i got you. again, it's a great example in
terms of thinking about vaccines that there's multiple ways people come at it in terms of our research, one of the groups we found that had the most concerns are people who have young children who are there on the front lines facing those decisions about vaccination, just for the mmr but lots of other inoculations. that could be part of it. they're concerned about weighing those risks and benefits for their individual child as well. >> so on climate, i'm going to give a little bit of a different answer. i told you before a story about how a professional scientist came to help cast doubt on science, but there's another angle to this and that is fear of change as well as the emotional rejection of the idea that we all caused this problem just by going about our daily lives and i guess really the
person who pointed this out best to me was a very right wing republican, who was one of the few who came to accept climate change. the documentary version, he talks about this, this basic problem that nobody wants to get up in the morning and go, god, am i the one doing this? and the answer is, we are. we don't want to accept that. and we don't want to exceacceptt we have to change fundamental elements of our lives. and that's an emotional issue too. >> last question is on the right. thank you for the panel tonight. i'm a geo scientist who's been involved with a lot of science communication outreach. i was kind of curious from a sociological and historic perspective the amount of, i guess, science advocacy that's come out of recent political events.
what kind of role do you see that playing and the impact that could have on future perceptions of science and science-based policy compared with your expertise in how things like this have played out in the past? >> are you talking about march for science? >> yeah, things like march for science. >> it's a really hard question. and it remains hard to figure out. there is some concern that it will even further politicize science and drive conservatives further away. i think that cake has already baked. i'm not super -- i'm not worried about that but we'll have to see what the data says. it's a question. the idea that science is politicized is always -- the philosop
philosopher of science wrote about this. this is not a new thing. this is kind of convenient myth that scientists are neutral arbiters. i don't know. >> let me clarify. >> we're just about running out of time. we will continue that question and so many more questions at the post event just outside in the lobby. if you didn't have a chance to ask a question, all of our featured guests will be there. before we close, thank you to the national history museum of national science and c-span for being here. thank you all for coming. [ applause ] >> we are live this morning
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