In a ‘Fake News’ World

Ben Radford

When?
Monday, October 7 2019 at 7:30PM

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Where?

40-42 Chalk Farm Road
Camden
London NW1 8BG

Who?
Ben Radford

What's the talk about?

We see and hear scientific claims all the time, but the public is often unsure what to believe.

Why do so many science and medical stories that make headlines one day get debunked the next week?

How do we tell what’s really real?

Distinguishing science from pseudoscience, real news from rumour, and truth from falsehood are vitally important: A healthy democracy depends on an informed citizenry and officials guided by evidence-based policies and practices. But too often science is viewed with derision and suspicion, or co-opted by those with social or political agendas.

Join writer and science literacy educator Benjamin Radford as he discusses the nature of scientific truth and evidence. Drawing on nearly two decades of experience in journalism—as both a producer and consumer—Radford examines not only the rise (and threat) of “fake news” but also how and why well-meaning journalists often get the story wrong.

There will be plenty of time for audience Q&A and book signing.

£3 suggested donation to cover expenses and sundries.

Benjamin Radford, M.Ed, is deputy editor of Skeptical Inquirer science magazine, and a Research Fellow with the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, a non-profit educational organisation.

He is author of thousands of articles for Discovery News, LiveScience.com, and other media, as well as eleven books on media and science literacy including Media Mythmakers: How Journalists, Activists, and Advertisers Mislead Us.