Rejection of science is rampant, but scientists can do better at countering doubt and there are grounds for optimism every day, says Naomi Oreskes, author of Why Trust Science?
A historian of science at Harvard University, Naomi Oreskes is best known for exposing the tactics of science deniers. Her first book Merchants of Doubt, co-authored with Erik Conway, chronicled how industry-funded scientists spread misinformation and doubt about tobacco smoke, climate change, acid rain and more. She has since exposed how the “tobacco playbook” has become the standard corporate strategy to delay regulatory action and protect bottom lines. In her new book Why Trust Science?, she sets out what scientists must do to stem the tide of denialism. Read more