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Jay Ingram
co-host, Daily Planet, Discovery Channel
Public Forum: Truth, An Inconvenience
Sunday, September 12, 2010
1:30 - 3:00 pm


Abstract: My talk is called, "Truth, An Inconvenience". It takes a different point of view from Al Gore's, and argues that the global warming controversy is unlikely to be resolved by producing more and more data. It is not unlike other controversial topics with risk attached to them: people's positions are shaped, not by the facts, but by their own prior cultural, social and psychological positions.
Biography
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One of Canada's best-known science popularisers, Jay Ingram is co-host of Daily Planet, television's first daily science show. His Jay’s Journal is a well-known regular feature of that program.

Jay hosted CBC Radio's science program Quirks And Quarks from 1979 to 1992, earning him two ACTRA Awards, including one for Best Host. During the '80s, Jay was also Contributing Editor to Owl Magazine. He also hosted two radio documentary series, The Talk Show, about language, and Cranial Pursuits, about the brain. The Talk Show won a Science in Society Journalism Award. For twelve years he also wrote a science column for the Toronto Star.

Jay has been awarded the 1984 Royal Society of Canada McNeil Medal for the Public Awareness of Science, the 1986 Sandford Fleming Medal from the Royal Canadian Institute for his work popularizing science, and the 2001 Michael Smith Award for Science Promotion by the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada. He holds four honorary doctorate degrees: from Carleton University, McGill University, McMaster and King’s College in Halifax. He was recently inducted into the Order of Canada.

Jay has written ten books, three of which have won Canadian Science Writers’ Awards.