The Oxford Dictionary nominated post-truth as the Word of the Year in 2016.
Rather than objective facts, politicians promote alternative facts, emotion and personal beliefs as the basis for public debate.
This spells disaster to a scientist like Brian Schmidt who says we can’t solve the world’s pressing problems without a renewed respect for evidence and expertise.
Professor Brian Schmidt, Nobel Laureate, cosmologist and ANU Vice-Chancellor.
Professor Schmidt delivered the annual Manning Clark lecture : Evidence and expertise in a post-truth world.
Recorded on 3 March 2017 .
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I have been writing this blog for nearly four years, I have always tried to promote science and highlight the limits to growth that our planet can support.
I have often included news on the challenges we face such as global poverty and climate change in a economic system that demands continuous growth.
Today I listened to this lecture delivered by Professor Brian Schmidt, he mentions an annual growth of over 100 million people per year, on an already over loaded planet.
In one hour he covers the journey I have been on, including the importance of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
I urge all who read my blog to listen to this speech and act as if your life depended on it.
Because the Professor thinks it does