Fake News Kills World

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Date: Thu 20 Aug

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Examine tactics used by opponents of climate science, and their close similarities to those employed to promote Brexit and Trump.

The Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas is back!

Before going mainstream in 2016, fake news was principally used to attack climate science.

Richard Milne (The University of Edinburgh) sets about busting those climate myths, showing how to dismantle false claims with logic and analogies – no expertise necessary!

You’ll examine tactics used by opponents of climate science, and their close similarities to those employed to promote Brexit and Trump, often by the exact same people.

Together, we will aim to kill fake news, before it kills the planet!

Dr Richard Milne

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Date: Thu 20 Aug

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Richard Milne at Just FestivalDr Richard Milne is a senior lecturer in evolutionary biology at the University of Edinburgh.

His research work primarily focuses on plant geography and evolution, but he has strong interests in science communication, critical thinking, and how changes in how we produce our food could lead to a more sustainable future.

Dr Milne obtained his BSc at The university of Bristol in 1991, and then spent half a year on an expedition to S America examining plant diversity.  He completed his PhD at the University of St Andrews in 1997, and continued to work on various research projects there until he moved to Edinburgh in 2004.

Dr Milne’s lectures are extremely popular with undergraduate students, and he was voted Most Innovative Lecturer in 2009, then best overall lecturer in 2010, and this year won the Van Heynigan award for teaching in Science and Engineering .  He was also shortlisted for Bioscience Teacher of the Year in 2011.