Seminar Skepticism & Society : How trustworthy is science nowadays ? - Prof. Gustaaf Cornelis

27 novembre 2019

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Louvain-la-Neuve

Salle Jean Ladrière - a 124 - Collège Mercier - Place Cardinal Mercier 14

Classic sceptics taught that the investigation of nature had the sole purpose to unmask mendacious theories; ‘science’ was certainly not to discover the absolute truth. In essence, the task of the natural philosopher was to distinguish what is highly probable from what is most improbable. Science needs to be trustworthy. But how trustworthy are scientific results, given the circumstances under which academics have to work these days? Do researchers commit fraud, how questionable are their approaches, how sloppy do they perform their studies?