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The march of unreason

The emphasis of science news stories is often on the potential threats posed by science but is irrationality is on the rise in western society?

Our daily news bulletins bring us tales of the wonder of science, from Mars rovers and intelligent robots to developments in cancer treatment and successful separations of conjoined twins, and yet often the emphasis is on the potential threats posed by science. It appears that irrationality is on the rise in western society, and public opinion is increasingly dominated by unreflecting prejudice and an unwillingness to engage with factual evidence. From genetically modified crops and foods, organic farming, the MMR vaccine, environmentalism, the precautionary principle and the new anti-capitalist and anti-globalisation movements, the rejection of science nurtures a culture of suspicion, distrust and cynicism, and leads to dogmatic assertion and intolerance. Join Lord Taverne as he argues that science, with all the benefits it brings, is the key to a civilised and democratic society and offers the most hopeful future for mankind.


Lord Dick Taverne | talks


Date and Time:

21 March 2005 at 7:00 pm


2 hours 30 minutes



The Royal Institution of Great Britain
21 Albemarle Street
020 7409 2992

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This event is in association with Oxford University Press.Ticket price includes a glass of wine and canapés after the event and an opportunity to buy Lord Taverne’s book The march of unreason.

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