Around 2001 the US Republican party was 100% committed to stop global warming, until ‘professional deceivers’ manipulated the debate on climate change. How can doubt thrive while scientists agree on the facts? Q&A with Dr Daniel Oberski (Statistics, UU).
We like to think that we value truth in science, in court and in other parts of life. Yet what looks authentic, could be false. What happens when reality conflicts with your dearest beliefs and values? Three films about the struggle for truth and the comfort of being fooled.
This series is organised in collaboration with the Utrecht Young Academy.
About the speaker:
Dr. Daniel Oberski is a lecturer Methodology and Statistics for the Behavioural, Biomedical and Social Sciences at Utrecht University.
Oberski’s research focuses on the problem of measurement in the social sciences. It’s hard for social scientists to draw accurate substantive conclusions, when they need to measure human behavior and opinions reliably and validly. Oberski’s aim is to expose the extent of the problem so it can be accounted for in the substantive analysis. Among other things, his research has contributed to this by estimating measurement error in hundreds of survey questions from the European Social Survey and creating a meta-analysis that predicts the extent of such errors.
He’s also interested in the use of administrative data from government registers, and "big" or social sensor data from devices such as smartphones and browsers to measure social variables.
Oberski received his PhD in Methodology and Statistics at Tilburg University in 2011. His dissertation is entitled Measurement error in comparative surveys.
Oberski is a member of the Utrecht Young Academy, an independent group of researchers from Utrecht University that aims to exchange critical perspectives on academia, policy, and society in Utrecht and beyond.Tickets are free, but have to be ordered here (online).Regie:
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