PALM DESERT LIBRARY Frankly Speaking: "Distinguishing Truth from Baloney" (Michael Schofield)

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Palm Desert Library
Community room

Event Details

In an increasingly polarized America, concerned citizens seek to improve understanding from folks sharing different points of view. At the same time there is emerging a tolerance of lies, misrepresentation, and exaggeration. Truth seems to be under attack. This lecture explores the nature of data, information, expression, communication, and (citizen) understanding. We should distinguish between raw data and information which is useful for decision-making. Numerous examples from astronomy and military intelligence will illustrate this difference. We then look at various modes of expression, not all of which clearly communicate truth or an important concept. Symbols (even loaded words) may mean different things to various listeners, and evoke different emotional responses. Skillful communicators must understand their audience, and encourage constructive feedback. This intensely-visual slide presentation is based upon the speaker’s 40 years of professional experience in data visualization and information management.

Michael Scofield is an assistant professor at Loma Linda University. He speaks to professional audiences all over the U.S. and overseas on topics of data quality, data visualization, database design, and data management. He also has humor published in the Los Angeles Times and other publications.

Event Type(s): Adult program, Community Program
Age Group(s): Adult, Seniors, Community
Presenter: Michael Scofield
Jiggs Gallagher
(760) 346-6552 ext. 4212