Why Do People Believe Conspiracy Theories?
Thu 09 Nov 2023
Free | Booking Essential
Once they were a fringe interest, now conspiracy theories seem to hit the headlines every year – from QAnon to Flat Earthers. Why are they more popular and is this dangerous?
This event runs the gauntlet through the scary world of conspiracy theories – their psychology, history, and philosophy. Find out the best ways to talk to believers and what conspiracies tell us about society today and ultimately ourselves.
We’re delighted to welcome world-leading thinkers on the topic
Come along to make questions and comments and join the conversation – or just sit and listen!
This event is part of Futures 2023
Professor Stephan Lewandowsky is a cognitive scientist at the University of Bristol and the recipient of numerous awards and honours, including a Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award from the Australian Research Council, a Wolfson Research Merit Fellowship from the Royal Society, and a Humboldt Research Award from the Humboldt Foundation in Germany. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Science (UK) and a Fellow of the Association of Psychological Science. He was appointed a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry for his commitment to science, rational inquiry and public education.
He has published more than 240 scholarly articles, chapters, and books.
Professor Lewandowsky also frequently appears in print and broadcast media and has contributed around 100 opinion pieces to the global media.
Jason studies political behaviour, with most of his time devoted to studying public opinion about foreign policy, correcting factual misperceptions held by citizens, and voting behaviour.
Jason received a BA from Colby College and a PhD from Duke University. Prior to grad school, he spent four years in Washington, DC working for the polling firm Bennett, Petts, and Blumenthal.
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