The Collapse of Western Civilization

| February 14, 2018

Oreskes’s and Conway’s book The Collapse of Western CivilizationIn Oreskes’s and Conway’s book The Collapse of Western Civilization, the authors construct a “view from the future” detailing massive, dystopian changes in our world arising largely from runaway climate change. Evaluate the authors’ claim that the time-honored scientific practice of reductionism actually made it difficult for scientists to articulate the threats posed by climate change, since reductionism can impede investigations of complex systems such as climate. How did the convention of statistical significance get in the way of scientists safely drawing conclusions, and recommending action, about an imminent threat such as climate change?Answer needs to be about one page.

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