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Shayan Rizvi ANTH 1006 Section: TA – Zareen Thomas, Friday 9-10am Extra Credit Assignment I attended the lecture by Naomi Oreskes called Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming. Her main point in the lecture was how certain think tanks have been spreading false information about global warming and how these certain think tanks were refuting the idea of global warming. They were avoiding the truth of global warming by skewing scientific information. These think tanks were skewing the information about global warming the same way tobacco companies have been skewing information about how harmful tobacco smoke is. The tactic that these think tanks took from tobacco companies was that they used scientific research done by credited researchers and skew the information in a way that benefited them and since it was research done
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Unformatted text preview: by a credited researcher the public would be believe them. To me this lecture seemed very biased as presented by Naomi Orsekes. She was making valid points but it seemed to me that all the think tanks she was bashing had bashed her about her views in the past. Throughout the lecture she was making small jokes about the various think tanks, like she was jabbing at them during the lecture. She spoke about their opinions in a very sarcastic and demeaning tone. This specifically reminded me of Shakespeare in the Bush and how Laura Bohannan and the Tiv both had their own interpretations of Hamlet and how the both of them thought their interpretations were universally known and that their interpretations were correct. The both of them weren’t as blatant in turning down the others opinion as Naomi but Laura and the Tiv acted as if the other was wrong....
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