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On Saturday, December 3rd please take a ringside seat in a face-off between “The Playbook versus The Knowledge Machine” – part performance, part argument, part satire, part experiment, dead serious.
NYU professor and philosopher Michael Strevens, author of The Knowledge Machine, will explain why science is supreme among belief systems in its ability to create new knowledge. NYU professor Jennifer Jacquet, author of The Playbook, will show why challenging scientific knowledge when it poses a risk to profits makes good economic sense. Consensus in science is easily diluted or deferred; the standards of evidence themselves are pliable. Scientific knowledge can thereby be held at bay by manipulators paid to create uncertainty, unclarity, and dissent.
Who will win? Science? Or those paid to undermine it? As the philosopher Thomas Kuhn once remarked, there is no guarantee that science will last forever: “There was a beginning to [science]. There are lots of societies that don’t have it. It takes very special conditions to support it. Those social conditions are now getting harder to find. Of course, it could end.”
The match will take place at Pioneer Works in the Science Studios located on the 3rd floor. Please stay for food and drinks after the event. Kindly RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you can make it.
6:30 PM: Doors Open
7 PM: The match begins in the Science Studios on the 3rd floor of Pioneer Works,
159 Pioneer St. Brooklyn, NY
8 PM: Celebratory Food and Drinks
*The only way to get to the third floor is by stairs. Our elevator is under construction.