CLEMSON — Educator, scientist, executive and former U.S. congressman Rush D. Holt shared his unique perspective on the important role science plays in a democracy on September 10, 2019, when he presented the lecture “Science and the Citizen” on campus to Clemson faculty and students.

According to Holt, opinion and ideology have displaced evidence in many current discussions—from public policy debates to casual conversations. “Scientific thinking must be seen as a tool for democracy itself,” said Holt, the recently retired CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). “Society badly needs us to shore up and encourage evidence-based thinking.”

Watch this short recap of his talk.