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3 Kinds of Bias That Shape Your Worldview: J. Marshall Shepherd (Transcript)

J Marshall Shepherd at TED Talks

J. Marshall Shepherd is a meteorologist, professor at the University of Georgia’s Department of Geography, the director of the university’s atmospheric sciences program, and was the president of the American Meteorological Society in 2013. Below is the full transcript of this TED Talk titled: 3 Kinds of Bias That Shape Your Worldview.

 

Transcript: 

I’m a meteorologist by degree, I have a bachelor’s, master’s and PhD in physical meteorology. So I’m a meteorologist, card carrying.

And so with that comes four questions, always. This is one prediction I will always get right.

And those questions are: “Marshall, what channel are you on?”

“Dr Shepherd, what’s the weather going to be tomorrow?”

And oh, I love this one: “My daughter is getting married next September, it’s an outdoor wedding. Is it going to rain?”

Not kidding, I get those, and I don’t know the answer to that, the science isn’t there.

But the one I get a lot these days is, “Dr Shepherd, do you believe in climate change?”

“Do you believe in global warming?”

Now, I have to gather myself every time I get that question. Because it’s an ill-posed question — science isn’t a belief system.

My son, he’s 10 — he believes in the tooth fairy. And he needs to get over that, because I’m losing dollars, fast. But he believes in the tooth fairy.

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