calendar of events
- Science in History Seminar
- London PUS Seminar: Craig Cormick
- Lunchtime Lecture: Art for science's sake
- Fireworks in Ealing
- STS Seminar: Helen Curry
- London PUS Seminar: Steve Fuller
- Film Night: Jekyll and Hyde (1931)
- STS Seminar: Jack Stilgoe
- Should We Clone Neanderthals?
- 'Theatres of Science' workshop
- STS Seminar: Big Data; Big Deal
- Seminar: Sociology of Secrecy
- Will the Geek Inherit the Earth?
- Q&A PANEL: Taking Infection Seriously
- Darwin in London: Lecture
- Influence of Islam on Science: Lecture
- Panel: What Counts as Good Evidence for Policy?
- Film Night: Fantastic Voyage (1966)
- POSTPONED: Science in History Seminar: Simon Mitton
- Symposium: New History of Scienitfic Experience
- STS Seminar: David A Kirby
- STS Seminar: Andrew Balmer
- STS Seminar: Noortje Marres
- conference: Cultures of Ancient Science
- STS At AstroFest
- STS Seminar: Francesca Rochburg
- Past Imperfect Seminar
- PUS Seminar: Jean-Baptiste Gouyon
- Speak Out! Mental Health Documentary
- talk: Crystal Palace Dinosaurs
- STS Research Day
- Simon Werrett on early modern materials
- Crossing The Divides (Workshop)
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London PUS Seminar: Craig Cormick
Publication date: Oct 5, 2012 10:19:09 AM
Oct 17, 2012 4:15:00 PM
End: Oct 17, 2012 6:00:00 PM
Location: St Clement's Building, Room S314, LSE
Title: Why clever people can believe in dumb things and how the internet is making us stupider
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the seminar series so we'll be planning some special events and big speakers throughout the session.
Our first seminar of this academic session will be
slightly earlier than usual, on Wednesday 17th October. We are very pleased to
have as our speaker Craig Cormick (Australian Department of Innovation).
Abstract: Yes Virginia, clever
people do believe in stupid things. And you can largely blame it all
on evolution. Dr Craig Cormick from the Australian
Government's Department of Innovation provides a scientific analysis of
non-scientific beliefs, and looks at what drives people's beliefs into not just
the paranormal and UFOs, but also infant vaccination and GM crops, showing
how our brain functions can favour emotion and beliefs over evidence-based
data. He will also look at the changing role our use of the internet has
in supporting values-based beliefs over seeking data to form opinions.
The London PUS seminar is an interdisciplinary intercollegiate seminar concerned with the broad range of topics that fall under the headings of public understanding of science, public engagement with science, science communication, and science-in-society. It has been run jointly between LSE and UCL since 1993 and is open to all. Our participants predominantly come from a wide range of academic disciplines, and the science policy and science communication/public engagement communities. It is currently supported by the Public Understanding of Science journal published by SAGE and the Department of Science and Technology Studies, UCL.
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