Science and Democracy: In Terni Telmo Pievani Explained the Relationship
In front of many people, the philosopher and evolutionist explained what science is and how public opinion views it today
“We have to trust science because science makes mistakes and fails to resume research and eventually arrives at making rules and laws that may not be democratic, because they do not follow the opinion of the majority, but they explain to us the laws of nature and help us overcome critical issues.”
This is the message sent by the professor Telmo Bivania well-known philosopher of science and evolution, illustrated in Tierney, in an assembly room runaway umbriaat a meeting organized by the Regional Environmental Protection Agency, in collaboration with the Laica Civilization in Terni.
By Rossano Pastora
The meeting has been open since then General Manager of Arpa Umbria, Luca Proietti, which emphasized how “the Agency’s obligation, in addition to the tasks assigned to it by the establishing law, in a series of “.
“Today – concluded Proietti – is a very important date, both for the topics covered and because it represents, given the large attendance of the public, the resumption of activities in existence, after the pandemic.”
The meeting was moderated by Alessandro Ciometti, President of the Lake Civilization Society. Chiumetti, with a series of questions, stimulated the answers of Professor Bivani, who addressed the topic of sociology, the relationship between science and democracy, the impact of communication and the importance of knowledge exchange.
“When it comes to science – define Biffany – we must be very careful. Science comes, through trial and error, to discover facts, which most people often do not want to hear. This is what two recent surveys have shown. In the first year of an epidemic, people’s confidence was In people it is very high, thanks also to the expectations of the population towards the results of scientists to stop the virus.”
“Just a year later, in the second year of the epidemic – explained the philosopher of science – trust in science and scientists collapsed. Cause? Confusion, not understanding anything, bombardment of information, often contradicting each other. Consequence? I no longer believe in science and its representatives.”
“The epidemic – emphasized by Bivani – has highlighted a series of critical issues. Chief among them are communication campaigns that entrust people without the skills, sometimes scientific, often communicative, to confront public opinion. Instead, the presidential system, the controversy Transmitted to talk shows, it means that different opinions conflict, confusing people and thus fueling mistrust.”
Often – added Bivani – science contrasts with democracy, with the desires and needs of the people. When it comes to climate change, people are often asked to change their lifestyle habits, since the human cause of this phenomenon is now certain. If we bypass democratic forms, the majority of people will not be willing to do so.”
“On the positive side – evolutionists concluded – the pandemic has accelerated the democratization of science, favoring the exchange of information and knowledge, which made it possible to speed up study processes and implement medical responses to the virus”
The last discussion with the many questions the audience put to Professor Biffany was very interesting.
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