Futures Forum: Big data and big lies...
Futures Forum: Brexit: and post-fact politics
Futures Forum: Brexit: and Clexit: or the links between Eurosceptics and climate change sceptics
Nevertheless, the neighbourhood planning process in Sidmouth is trying to get 'the facts together' in canvassing for input from businesses and special interest groups - as part of its gathering of evidence for the final Neighbourhood Plan:
Futures Forum: Neighbourhood Plan: New survey aimed at businesses and special interest groups >>> fill in online or download a form
Meanwhile on the national stage, the group 'Sense about Science' has been very active of late:
Join us in parliament on 1st NovemberWill you join us to tell parliamentarians, ministers and officials that evidence matters to you and you expect it to matter to government too?
This is so important, particularly in the face of a new wisdom setting in that the public aren’t interested in evidence in our ‘post truth’ society.
15 September 2016We are making a case to parliamentarians, ministers and officials that evidence matters to the public, and that we expect politicians and civil servants to discuss it openly.
News and Comment · Sense about Science
This Saturday, the Science Festival kicks off with a talk from Dr Chis Peters of Sense About Science:
The Importance of Asking for Evidence | Sidmouth Science Festival
Here is a little more information about the talk and its presenter:
Dr Chis Peters is the scientific affairs manager at Sense About Science. Chris has a PhD in plant biology from the University of Sheffield where he also completed his undergraduate masters in biological sciences. Having had enough of freezing plants to death in liquid nitrogen Chris decided to step away from the lab bench and worked at the British Ecological Society and Carbon Brief before joining Sense About Science in 2012. Chris coordinates the Ask for Evidence campaign and enjoys making a fuss about things that are wrong. So long as it is a constructive fuss.
Ask for Evidence
Every day, we hear claims about what is good for our health, bad for the environment, how to improve education, cut crime, and treat disease. Some are based on reliable evidence and scientific rigour. Many are not. These claims can't be regulated; every time one is debunked another pops up – like a game of whack-a-mole. So how can we make companies, politicians, commentators and official bodies accountable for the claims they make? If they want us to vote for them, believe them, or buy their products, then we should ask them for evidence, as consumers, patients, voters and citizens.
The Ask for Evidence campaign has seen people ask a retail chain for the evidence behind its MRSA resistant pyjamas; ask a juice bar for the evidence behind wheatgrass detox claims; ask the health department about rules for Viagra prescriptions; ask for the studies behind treatments for Crohn's disease, and hundreds more. As a result, claims are being withdrawn and bodies held to account. Come and hear what the campaign is going to do next and how you can get involved.
Sense about Science – Equipping people to make sense of science and evidence