Science and public policy : what ’ s proof got to do with it ?

@inproceedings{Oreskes2004ScienceAP,
  title={Science and public policy : what ’ s proof got to do with it ?},
  author={Naomi Oreskes},
  year={2004}
}
In recent years, it has become common for opponents of environmental action to argue that the scientific basis for purported harms is uncertain, unreliable, and fundamentally unproven. In response, many scientists believe that their job is to provide the “proof” that society needs. Both the complaint and the response are misguided. In all but the most trivial cases, science does not produce logically indisputable proofs about the natural world. At best it produces a robust consensus based on a… CONTINUE READING

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