A Question of Evidence

In the Information Age, how can you discern legitimate science from cherry-picked data, opinion posing as fact, association confused with cause and effect, bogus advice from self-appointed experts, misused statistics, and even fraud? That is a huge challenge even for experts. This is the case for current hot buttons such as vaccinations, GMOs, and the effects of electromagnetic radiation. Arriving at a reasonable conclusion about controversial matters therefore comes down to A Question of Evidence, which is the theme for the 2015 Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium Series.

Production : Université McGill

Année de Production : 2015

Durée : 60 min

Thématique abordée


Roundtable: Vaccines, GMOs, and Cell Phones

A roundtable discussion on A Question of Evidence, with "experts in the field", scientists, and journalists, featuring the following participants: Bill Brownstein, The Montreal Gazette; Julie Payette, Engineer and Astronaut, COO, Montreal Science Centre; André Picard, The Globe and Mail; Bruce Lennox, Dean of Science, McGill; Joe Schwarcz, Director, Office for Science and Society, McGill; Lorne Trottier, co-founder of Matrox and founder of McGill University’s Trottier; Terry Polevoy, MD, Founder of Canadian Quackery Watch; Kevin Folta, University of Florida, and more.

Mercredi 18 octobre 2017 à 04:00

Vendredi 20 octobre 2017 à 02:30

Samedi 21 octobre 2017 à 02:00

The Vaccine Debate

Dr. Brian Ward, Professor of Medicine & Microbiology at McGill University offers the Canadian perspective on vaccines and the Anti-vaccine movement including its origins and its possible impact on vaccination efforts.

Dr. Paul Offit, Professor of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia discusses "The Philadelphia Measles Epidemic of 1991". The epidemic centered on two fundamentalist churches that refused vaccinations as well as medical care, choosing prayer instead. Offit examines how the public health, legal, and religious communities responded to this outbreak .

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Genetically Modified Organisms

Dr. Kevin Folta, Professor and Chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida, presents "Marketing a Mistrust of the Safest Food Supply in History". Breakthroughs in breeding and genetics have radically improved plants and animals used for food. However, in the midst of the safest, most abundant and most diverse food supply in human history, there is a rising perception of its danger. The suspicion has not been driven by science. Dr. Folta discusses GMOs – genetically modified organisms. 

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au cours de cette période


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