Upcoming Speakers

Oct 2017

Why Philosophy Still Matters – Mark Kingwell, Philosopher

Why Philosophy Still Matters – Mark Kingwell, Philosopher

Date/Time
29 Oct 2017
7:30 pm - 9:15 pm

Location
ArtSpring

From politics to architecture, fishing to pop culture—no subject is off limits for Mark Kingwell who joins us for a thought-provoking discussion on Sunday, Oct. 29th at 7:30 PM at ArtSpring.

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Nov 2017

Denial: From Climate Change to Conspiracies – Stephan Lewandowsky, Psychologist

Although scientists long ago settled on the conclusion that human activities are causing climate change through the emission of greenhouse gases, a small but vocal number of dissenters remain unswayed by the evidence.

What causes people to reject scientific evidence? What contributes to climate change denial and to conspiracy theories in general?

To help us understand and address these issues, the Salt Spring Forum welcomes Professor Stephan Lewandowsky, who is a cognitive scientist at the University of Bristol.

Lewandowsky’s most recent research interests examine the potential conflict between human understanding and the global climate. He has published extensively on how people respond to corrections of misinformation and what determines people’s acceptance of scientific findings.

From 2006 to 2008, Lewandowsky was Associate Editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. He has contributed many opinion pieces to the global media on issues related to climate change “skepticism” and the coverage of science in the media. In 2016, he was appointed a fellow of the Center for Skeptical Inquiry for his commitment to science, rational inquiry, and public education.

This special event commemorates Andy Skuce, a self-described “recovering oilman”, climate change activist, and much-valued community member. 

Tickets to this event will go on sale in mid-October. Stay tuned for details!

*The Forum’s fall series is proudly presented by Country Grocer.

Stephan Lewandowsky on the rejection of climate science:

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Dec 2017

New World Disorder: Michael Doyle, Former Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations

Michael Doyle is a University Professor at Columbia Law School. He is a renowned scholar of global constitutionalism and areas relating to international affairs.

Doyle served as vice president of the International Peace Academy from 1993 to 1994; director of the Center of International Studies at Princeton from 1997 to 2001; assistant secretary-general and special adviser to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan from 2001 to 2003. He was appointed member and chair of the board of the United Nations Democracy Fund in 2006, ending his tenure in 2013.

Tickets to this event will go on sale in early November. Stay tuned for details!

*The Forum’s fall series is proudly presented by Country Grocer.

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