Occam's Razor and Climate Change: How to Explain Climate Change to Non-Scientists

Andy Bunn (Western Washington University)
Event Date and Time: 
Thu, 2018-10-18 16:00 - 17:00
Hennings 201
Local Contact: 
Douglas Scott
Intended Audience: 

For over a decade I have made a special effort to communicate climate science to groups that are often underserved by the scientific community. I have found that focusing on the history of science and making appeals to logic are very effective ways of engaging some audiences. In this talk, I will walk through this two-pronged approach by discussing how the work of pioneering 19th century physicists like Fourier, Tyndall, and Arrhenius informs much of modern climate science. I follow this by describing how we can apply Occam's razor to our understanding of very basic climate science. These frameworks have been an attractive entry point for audiences new (and not always open) to climate science. I hope this presentation will generate discussion about how to better engage lay audiences in the topic of climate change.

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