Truth Telling in Science: Presented at U3A seminar

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Abstract

Indigenous knowledge relies on authenticating oral knowledge and a form of peer review that has been developed over thousands of years. This process ensures that concepts derived from the observational scientific method are verified and reinforced for growing knowledge around environmental sustainability and change.
The talk will cover firstly the narrative construction used by Aboriginal people in some areas of Australia; how this system is used to build up knowledge and maintain authenticity in information shared; and finally how this process provides a method for sharing a sustainable perspective on all projects
In the present social environment we are dealing with major crises that require greater trust between parties, such as between politicians and community. Yet we are in a period of trust deficit. Providing formats and methods which retain truth in communication. As in the calls for scientific evidence to guide political decisions, equally important is authentic evidence on perspectives around social and environmental conditions. This links with the call for a Makarrata Commission, where truth applies not just to the treatment of our First Peoples but also in respecting the truth of knowledge that resides in the community for sustaining the environment that we all share.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - Jun 2021

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