Past Event

Why Facts Don’t Trump the President

image - President Donald Trump
Thu, Feb 23 2017 - 6:30pm

George Lakoff, Professor of Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley
Robert Rosenthal, Executive Director, The Center for Investigative Reporting
Greg Dalton, Founder and Host, Climate One

Facts are overrated. Sure, they are the concrete foundation of narratives and they should be defended when the national conversation is filled with bald-faced lies. But the obsession with facts can be taken too far at the expense of other deeper means of communication.

George Lakoff says if progressives want to learn from the election of Donald Trump, they need to change what they study in college, how they think about facts as adults, understand framing and learn to repeat, repeat, repeat.

Jon Krosnick has been studying public opinion around energy and climate change longer than just about anyone else. That gives him deep understanding about what Americans think about fossil fuels and clean energy and how that diverges from what politicians say and do about those issues.

Join a conversation to learn how your Bay Area brain helped elect Donald Trump and how you can revise the way you think and talk in this new political world.