Laureate Professor Peter Doherty in conversation with Peter Ellerton

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Laureate Professor Peter Doherty and Peter Ellerton

Nobel Prize winner Peter Doherty in conversation with Peter Ellerton (winner of the Australian Skeptics critical thinking award 2008).

The following quote by Carl Sagan is well known among scientists, as well as lay people with a general appreciation for science and technology: “We have arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces”. It expresses their concern over the discrepancy between the widespread use of science-based technologies on the one side and the the anti-science message of the new age, post-modernists and some religions on the other. How has this come about?

Even as they become one with their smart phones, has the public truly lost its trust in science?

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