Skepticism in the Age of Fake News


Fake News. President Trump repeats the mantra regularly and uses it as a weapon against the media. It seems like it’s everywhere these days. Social media inundates us with information 24/7 and we only have so much time in the day to check the information we’re getting so what do we do? John Cook is going to explain how to apply skepticism in a way that’ll help you cut through the noise and save you time (and sanity) while online in this era of Fake News.

John Cook is a research assistant professor at the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University. His research focus is understanding and countering misinformation about climate change. In 2007, he founded Skeptical Science, a website which won the 2011 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for the Advancement of Climate Change Knowledge and 2016 Friend of the Planet Award from the National Center for Science Education. John co-authored the college textbooks Climate Change: Examining the Facts and Climate Change Science: A Modern Synthesis and the book Climate Change Denial: Heads in the Sand. In 2013, he published a paper finding 97% scientific consensus on human-caused global warming, a finding that has been highlighted by President Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron.

Location

Shaw Neighborhood Library
1630 Seventh Street, NW
Washington DC 20001

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