Credit: Hartman, Steven, Peter Norrman and Kathleen Dean Moore. What water security vulnerabilities in Canada concern you most as a scientist? Originally published in bifrostonline.org, 18 June 2018 (CC BY-SA 2.0)
What is the knowledge-deficit theorem and how do we overcome that fallacy?
Philosopher and nature writer Kathleen Dean Moore unpacks the idea of a “knowledge deficit theorem,” the fallacious notion that societies only need to be apprised of the facts to draw sound conclusions about what they need to do overcome challenges (mitigating climate change, for example). In the absence of a discourse about values, Moore argues, it’s simply impossible to get from the facts to a decisive course of remedial or preventative action.