Podcast Ep. 20 Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland and the Definition of Sustainability
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Podcast Ep. 20 Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland and the Definition of Sustainability

What does “sustainability” mean? Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland is famous for serving three terms as the Prime Minister of Norway and chairing the World Commission on Environment and Development — the Brundtland Commission — which defined sustainable development as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to … Continue reading

Book Review: The War on Science
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Book Review: The War on Science

This Saturday, many scientists and supporters of science will attend the March for Science in Washington D.C. or at marches in their local area. To understand why scientists across the globe are taking to the streets, let’s play a guessing game. I’ll describe a political issue centered around the widespread use of a controversial scientific topic … Continue reading

Ep 9. Seven Stages of Technological Adaptation
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Ep 9. Seven Stages of Technological Adaptation

This episode of the podcast features an interview with University of Minnesota graduate student Peter Clement, discussing the book The War on Science by Shawn Otto. We focus on Otto’s explanation of the Seven Stages of Technological Adaptation — an observation that how our society adapts new technology has generally repeated the same sequence of steps over and over, from discovery through crisis and adaptation, especially since the mid-20th Century. Continue reading