October 3rd, 2014
For those who are in the DC area, the Environmental Policy Group and Conservefewell welcome you to join our roundtable discussion with Dan Kahan, the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law & Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School. The roundtable titled “The Liberal Republic of Science & Popper’s Revenge” will be take place on November 6, noon to 1:30 p.m., at the offices of Troutman Sanders, 10th Floor, 401 9th Street, NW, Washington, DC. A light lunch will be provided. Please rsvp to me at email@example.com.
Dan’s primary research interests are risk perception, science communication, and the application of decision science to law and policymaking, and he has written extensively on climate science and the polarizing impacts of science literacy. He is a member of the Cultural Cognition Project, an interdisciplinary team of scholars who use empirical methods to examine the impact of group values on perceptions of risk and related facts.
Dan is an active blogger at http://www.culturalcognition.net/blog/ , rich with thought-provoking commentary on important environmental and social issues. We thought Dan’s scholarship presented a unique opportunity to assemble a group of thought leaders, regardless of political affiliation, to dialogue on current challenges in communicating and applying science to policy solutions.
Prior to joining Yale in 1999, Professor Kahan was on the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School. He served as a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall, of the U.S. Supreme Court (1990-91) and to Judge Harry Edwards of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (1989-90).
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Americans have a strong, moral belief in stewardship, deeply rooted in the ideals of conservatism and woven into the fabric of a free and resilient society. Conservatism acknowledges the obligations of individuals and society to ensure life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And in the traditions of Roger Scruton, Russell Kirk and Edmund Burke, the authors seek to promote the values of ordered liberty and prudent restraint upon power and oft insatiable human appetite.
Conservefewell is a forum where diverse and thoughtful minds share ideas and developments affecting our natural environment. We are a group of thought leaders, entrepreneurs, former government officials, policy experts, and environmental advocates who are committed to changing the tone and dialogue of environmental stewardship. We aspire to inspire and motivate others to think and act differently about environmental stewardship. Yet, unfortunately, in today’s highly-charged political environment, the topic of the environment itself often pits individuals and groups against one another. And the debate is often politicized, ignores science, or is oversimplified, when in reality the topic is much more complex.
While we acknowledge and celebrate the environmental progress of the last four decades, we believe the environmental challenges and risks to society that lie ahead demand more thoughtful and reasoned responses. If we are to succeed in safeguarding our natural heritage, we must call upon the leaders of society, whether they be found in government or civic associations, i.e., families, local clubs and environmental groups, institutions, and churches – which Burke fondly referred to as society’s little platoons – to endeavor to find new ways to collaborate and promote sustainable solutions. And we believe that these complex issues and attending difficult conversations warrant a more respectful and thoughtful tone in our public discourse.
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