Scientists and Experts Know Things: We Should Listen to Them

Anti-intellectualism delays action on emergencies from pandemics to climate change.

  1. We need to understand their language. When climate scientists say something like increased sea level is “very likely” with a 95% confidence interval, that’s them saying “nothing about the future is 100% clear but, seriously guys, this is going to happen.”
  2. We should distinguish between people in adjacent or similar fields and the real experts in the problem we’re dealing with. I’ve found that the most stubborn climate denial often comes from people or organizations with some science or technical background. They say things like “I understand models, and they can be wrong.” True, but if you don’t know anything about climate models — or with today’s crisis, epidemiological outbreak models — why should we listen to you?

Adviser, author, speaker on how businesses can (profitably) solve the world's mega-challenges. Author: The Big Pivot & Green to Gold http://www.andrewwinston.com

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