Trevor Sloughter - The Epistemic Nightmare of Engaging with Climate Trolls
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Trevor Sloughter - What I Learned From The Epistemological Nightmare Hellscape That Is Engaging With Climate Trolls
YouTube Live event With the release of the latest IPCC report, the news abounds with climate information while social media trolls spread disinformation. Trolling is a tactic to disrupt or manipulate a discourse without regard for the truth of the matter. This talk will examine what climate trolls do and why they do it, but importantly will look at how they twist real questions and concerns to make bad faith pseudo-arguments about both science and policy. In the end, there are real lessons to learn about scientific transparency, how non-experts can approach complex scientific topics, and how we can critically read science news. We'll talk about how to find and read scientific articles, where data are published, and what sorts of tricks trolls will use (from manipulated figures to gish-gallop arguments to straight up lies)— and hopefully come out the other side with minimal amounts of hair pulled out in frustration. Trevor is an ecological modeller who is just finishing a PhD this very month at the University of Strathclyde. His education and research career has largely focused on marine ecology by way of numerical models, taking him from the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Ecology in Germany, to the Department of Maths & Stats at Strathclyde here in Scotland, to the Department of Zoology in Oxford. Along the way he's worked closely with earth scientists of all stripes as global climate change impacts every ecosystem on the planet.
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