Dates: Tuesday 15 October
Speaker: Dr Jim Baggott
Start Time: 18.15
Finish Time: 19.45
Location: Drawing Room
Dr Baggott is an award-winning popular science writer and author, with more than 20 years’ experience writing on topics in the physical, chemical and biological sciences. His articles have appeared in online and offline media, and he has made many appearances on radio and television.
How We Believe, How We Decide, And Why We’re Vulnerable
quickly. We often don’t have the luxury of time to deliberate, and increasingly we don’t have the inclination. We don’t accumulate and assess all the facts, determine the integrity of the sources of these facts, and come to a rational conclusion, using ‘System 2’. We overlook the fact that we don’t really understand, or we fall prey to the ‘illusion of explanatory depth’. From the perspective of decisions in favour of overtly anti-scientific arguments, the increasing reliance on ‘System 1’ potentially exposes us to manipulation.