Merchants of Doubt

Merchants of Doubt

– Screening and Q&A with Erik Conway

February 26th 20.00–22.00, in Bíó Paradís, Reykjavík’s art-house cinema.

Earth101, in collaboration with Stockfish, European Film Festival in Reykjavik, presents the special screening of Robert Kenner’s shocking documentary Merchants of Doubt followed with a Q&A session with Professor Erik Conway, co-author, with Naomi Oreskes, of the famous book criticizing the deliberate production of misleading knowledge on climate change by stakeholders in the fossil fuel industry.

Erik ConwayThe film concerns itself with the denial industry in the United States, how a group of individuals funded by U.S. corporations has in recent decades systematically worked at derailing the discussion on various important subjects, from tobacco smoking to the threat of climate change.

Erik Conway will be present to take questions from the audience after the screening along with Kevin Anderson and other climate specialists. Guðni Elísson will be the moderator of the panel discussions. Conway is a historian of science and technology residing in Pasadena, CA, currently employed by the California Institute of Technology. He studies and documents the history of space exploration, and examines the intersections of space science, Earth science, and technological change. In addition to the Merchants of Doubt he has also written the co-written with Oreskes The Collapse of ‘Western’ Civilization (2014), a science-based work of fiction that gives a critique of our present time from a future perspective.

Robert Kenner is a documentary filmmaker who has worked for The National Geographic and PBS and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary for 2010s Food, Inc. A film that Variety claimed “does for the supermarket what Jaws did for the beach.”

Film reviews:

“The film doesn’t just highlight the ingenuity of the sceptics. It also underlines how feeble themerchants-of-doubt-poster scientific community has been at standing up for itself.”
Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent.

“Unravelling the myriad methods through which ideology consistently trumps evidence (we see what we believe, not vice versa), […] explaining how carnival-huckster showmanship has been used to make hard-and-fast scientific evidence of man-made global warming disappear before our very eyes.”
Mark Kermode, The Guardian




Book reviews:

“Oreskes and Conway paint an unflattering picture of why some scientists continue to stand against the overwhelming scientific consensus on issues at the center of public discussion.”
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“[A] fascinating and important study…Merchants of Doubt deserves a wide readership. It is tempting to require that all those engaged in the business of conveying scientific information to the general public should read it.”

“With exhaustive detail Oreskes and Conway relate the history of how industries and special interests in the United States have confused the populace and government in order to protect profits and ideology at the expense of American’s health and the quality of the environment.”
San Francisco Book Review