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Saturday, October 19 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Science and Psychiatry

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Confidence in science has declined in recent years, largely owing to the internet and social media. Naomi Oreskes, in Why Trust Science?, offers both a history and a defense of science. She asserts that although the rigorous vetting process is imperfect, it is a remarkably reliable way to know whether a particular scientific claim is trustworthy. On the other side of the equation, the limits of psychiatrists’ scientific claims are the subject of Anne Harrington’s Mind Fixers. She recounts psychiatric researchers’ efforts to find and treat the biological roots of mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and depression. Her view is that the record has often been disappointing, with claims having less to do with scientific breakthrough and more to do with industry profit-mongering and consumerism. Come join a timely discussion with two distinguished historians of science moderated by Carey B. Goldberg, host of WBUR’s CommonHealth.

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Carey B Goldberg

Carey Goldberg is the host of WBUR’s CommonHealth section. Prior to that, she was the Boston bureau chief of the New York Times, a staff Moscow correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, and a health and science reporter for the Boston Globe. Goldberg is a co-author of the triple... Read More →

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Anne Harrington

Anne Harrington is the Franklin L. Ford Professor of the History of Science and faculty dean of Pforzheimer House at Harvard. She specializes in the history of neuroscience, psychiatry, and other mind and behavioral studies. Harrington was a consultant for the MacArthur Foundation... Read More →
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Naomi Oreskes

Naomi Oreskes has written or cowritten seven books and over 150 essays, articles, and op-eds, including the milestone essay “Behind the Ivory Tower,” which was significant to the fight against global warming denial. Oreskes is currently the Professor of the History of Science... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Old South Mary Norton 645 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02116