Nacht van Descartes: Truth or Dare?

nov
20
2017

Nacht van Descartes: Truth or Dare?

Truth or dare? When science meets activism
What happens when empirical evidence is at odds with political purposes? Science historian Dr Alice Dreger on dogma, activists and justice.

Can science make the world a better place? Historian Dr Alice Dreger is an activist for intersex rights. But when she criticized a group of transgender activists for disputing valid scientific findings, she became a target of slander and defamatory attacks herself. It made her reconsider the role and responsibility of scientists and their contribution to social justice. Using this and other recent controversies, she shows what happens when empirical evidence is at odds with political purposes.

After the lecture science journalist Jop de Vrieze will interview Dr Dreger. Should scientists never be activists?

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Date & time
Monday November 20 2017 (19:00-20:30)
Language
English
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Truth or dare? When science meets activism

Historian Dr Alice Dreger argues that the pursuit of evidence is the most important ethical imperative of our time. But what is evidence and for whom for what reason? Should scientists fight for social justice?

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