“How Much Proof Do We Need?” by Malcolm Gladwell

Those who are skeptical about the science of noise impacts from industrial wind turbines might watch and listen to this lecture. The desire for proof as an excuse not to do anything …

New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell asks, in a lecture at the University of Pennsylvania, “How Much Proof Do We Need”. Lecture begins at minute 7:40. Gladwell writes, “I was recently asked to give a public lecture at the University of Pennsylvania on the subject of “proof.” My question is: How much proof do we need about the harmfulness of something before we act? I began with the strange history of how long it took for society to grasp the seriousness of black-lung disease, and then moved into an argument about the black-lung diseases of today.”

Read more: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2013/02/malcolm-gladwell-how-much-proof-do-we-need.html#ixzz2LrkRiKne


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