12 October – Dr Brian Spies – The Psychology of Belief Systems

“The Psychology of Belief Systems” will explore some of the ideological barriers inhibiting broader acceptance of climate science and its implications.

Brian has worked in research and management in the resource and environmental sectors in Australia and the USA, with positions in industry, academia and government.

In Australia his roles have included Chief Research Scientist at CSIRO, Director of Physics at ANSTO and Science Manager at the Sydney Catchment Authority.  Brian is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and in 2003 was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal for his services to geoscience.

Brian began working in climate science during his time at the Sydney Catchment Authority, where accurate rainfall and climate predictions are crucial to ensuring reliable water supplies for Australia’s largest population centre into the future.

As this work progressed, Brian took particular interest in the political and sociological barriers to acceptance of climate science.  Like many of us, he found it’s easy to argue the science, but difficult to change people’s minds. Why is this?  Join us to hear Brian’s presentation, “The Psychology of Belief Systems” where we will explore some of the ideological barriers inhibiting broader acceptance of climate science and its implications.


Join the meeting online via ZOOM or at a local CCL Australia group, contact us at info@ccl.org.au to find one near you. Members and friends are all welcome.

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