climate misinformation

How Technology Can Combat the Rising Tide of Fake Science

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Crop circles in Switzerland

By Chris Impey, University of Arizona

Science gets a lot of respect these days. Unfortunately, it’s also getting a lot of competition from misinformation. Seven in 10 Americans think the benefits from science outweigh the harms, and nine in 10 think science and technology will create more opportunities for future generations. Scientists have made dramatic progress in understanding the universe and the mechanisms of biology, and advances in computation benefit all fields of science.

On the other hand, Americans are surrounded by a rising tide of misinformation and fake science. Take climate change. Scientists are in almost complete agreement that people are the primary cause of global warming. Yet polls show that a third of the public disagrees with this conclusion.

In my 30 years of studying and promoting scientific literacy, I’ve found that college educated adults have large holes in their basic science knowledge and they’re disconcertingly susceptible to superstition and beliefs that aren’t based on any evidence. One way to counter this is to make it easier for people to detect pseudoscience online. To this end, my lab at the University of Arizona has developed an artificial intelligence-based pseudoscience detector that we plan to freely release as a web browser extension and smart phone app.

Philip Foster

Philip Foster

Credentials

  • Biochemistry, University of Cambridge. [1]
  • Theology, University of Cambridge. [1]

Background

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Bernie Lewin

Bernie Lewin

Credentials

  • B.A., Social Science, La Trobe University (1990). [1]
  • Graduate Diploma, Information Management, RMIT (1997). [1]

Background

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Oil and Gas Climate Initiative

The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI)

Background

The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) is a coalition of major oil and gas companies created to promote a climate-friendly image for some of the world’s largest polluters.

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University of Buckingham

University of Buckingham

Background

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Peter Lilley

Peter Lilley

Credentials

  • According to his biography, Lilley was educated at Hayes County Primary School, Dulwich College and Clare College, Cambridge, where he studied natural science and economics. [1]

Background

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Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage

Credentials

  • Dulwich College, 1975-1982. [1]

Background

Nigel Farage is the leader and co-founder of the Brexit Party, which he set up ahead of the European Parliament elections in May 2019 to express “anger” over the fact that Britain had not by that point withdrawn from the EU and to “change politics for good.” [24]

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Neil Record

Neil Record

Credentials

  • Record was educated at Balliol College, Oxford, and University College London, from where he holds an MSc in Economics. [1]

Background

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Michael Gove

Michael Gove

Credentials

  • B.A., English, Oxford University. [1]

Background

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Matthew Elliott

Matthew Elliott

Credentials

  • BSc in Government, London School of Economics (2000) [1]
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Arts [2]

Background

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