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Truth, Lies, and Poetry
July 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDTFree
Wrapping Our Heads Around Reality in the Study of Nature
Speaker: Scott Denning, CSU Professor of Atmospheric Sciences
Program: How can we know what is true about the natural world and our place in it? Historian Yuval Harari says the modern age began with the “discovery of ignorance,” when we began to doubt what had previously been deemed eternal truths. The formalized skepticism known as the scientific method has transformed us and the world we inhabit, replacing a search for truth with useful but ambiguous layers of approximation. Yet there are things we know for sure, and there are certainly lies. We can use the light of science to find our way, but must draw on the best in us to bring meaning to its results.