Tagged: trump

How scientists should communicate their work in a post-truth era - Guest Work

Guest Work Apr 04, 2017

By Andy Miah, University of Salford It’s not an easy time for scientists to talk to the wider public. The US president, Donald Trump, has called global warming “bullshit” and a “Chinese hoax”. In the UK, leave campaigner and MP Michael Gove famously declared that people “have had enough of experts”. But now UK MPs have published … Read More

March for Science NZ – Why we march - Guest Work

Guest Work Mar 28, 2017

From the NZ March for Science Organisers Since the Science March on DC was first announced in January, after the inauguration of Donald Trump as the President of the USA, scientists and people who care about science in New Zealand have been working together behind the scenes to make sure that when we march for science and knowledge, and … Read More

How to protect your private data when you travel to the United States - Guest Work

Guest Work Mar 07, 2017

By Paul Ralph, University of Auckland On January 30 – three days after US President Donald Trump signed an executive order restricting immigration from several predominantly Muslim countries – an American scientist employed by NASA was detained at the US border until he relinquished his phone and PIN to border agents. Travellers are also reporting … Read More

Censoring US science, the backlash, and why - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jan 26, 2017

[A follow-up of sorts is given in the Footnotes.] Better people offer to do better, not remove or block what they can’t compete against. Yesterday the Trump administration gagged several scientific institutes from communicating with the public. Grants were frozen to the EPA. And more. Are these Republications so frightened that their ideas can’t stand up against evidence that they need … Read More

Madonna teaches us a lesson in critical thinking - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jan 25, 2017

  Maybe just a small lesson – but an important one. We should always look at context and not cherry-pick that which confirms our bias. In particular, we shouldn’t simply repeat social media claims without doing a bit of fact-checking for ourselves. It’s an important lesson at the moment because there is a lot of this going on in the social … Read More

Brexit, Trump and all that - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Dec 14, 2016

Last week, The Treasury hosted a guest lecture featuring two visiting academics under the heading Brexit, Trump & Economics: Where did we go wrong.  One of the visitors –  Samuel Bowles, now a professor at the Santa Fe Insitute -had been around long enough that in his youth he had served as an economic adviser in Robert Kennedy’s presidential campaign,  … Read More

Warriors, scouts, Trump’s election and your news media - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Nov 17, 2016

The media, establishment figures, and seemingly many of Clinton’s supporters,  were surprised at Trump’s victory in the US presidential elections because they think like warriors instead of scouts. Julia Galef described these different thinking processes in the video below – which I posted 6 months ago (see Are you really right?). Last week’s US presidential election result, the public uproar … Read More

Trump’s victory – why the surprise, why the anger? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Nov 10, 2016

This morning my social media threads seem full of emotional outbursts, even hatred, and the ripping of garments. All over the results of the US presidential elections. But I have to ask – why this emotion? Why the surprise? And why blame the voters. Why the surprise? Surely a Trump victory was on the cards – even a strong possibility? … Read More

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