After Dr. Don Easterbrook testified before the Senate Energy, Environment & Telecommunications Committee regarding climate change, the scientific community – including faculty at Western Washington University – ran character assassination pieces about him in Associated Press. Dr. Easterbrook and astrophysicist Dr. Gordon Fulks present a whole systems approach to understanding climate change, and discuss the difference between data and dogma.
Academia is a major part of the fabric of society, wielding great influence in the world of ideas through peer review and the prestige of educational institutions. As a clearing house for verifiable knowledge, academia can also hinder important discoveries and paradigms, protecting established theories from disruption by new theories. Content in this archive explores the structure, purpose, power, and impact of academia. Click any headline below to view the full article and download the podcast.