The School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering (SICE) Informatics Colloquium Series
Speaker: Eric Winsberg, University of South Florida
Where: Luddy Hall 4063 (700 N. Woodlawn Ave.)
When: Monday, April 1, 2019, 3:00 pm
Topic: Philosophy and Climate Science
Abstract: There continues to be a vigorous public debate in our society about the status of climate science. Much of the skepticism voiced in this debate suffers from a lack of understanding of how the science works - in particular the complex interdisciplinary scientific modeling activities such as those which are at the heart of climate science. In my recent book, Philosophy and Climate Science, I show how the philosophy of science can contribute to better public understanding of some of the main pillars of climate science. In this talk, I will review a few of the central topics of the book, focusing especially on how climate data are used to support hypotheses, on the nature of probabilities in climate science, and on how climate science should be used to guide public policy.
About the Speaker: Eric B. Winsberg is Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Florida. He is author of "Science in the Age of Computer Simulation" (Chicago) and "Philosophy and Climate Science" (Cambridge).