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Psychology Colloquium: Prof Stephan Lewandowsky (School of Psychological Science, University of Bristol)

Prof Stephan Lewandowsky

School of Psychological Science, University of Bristol

Title: Resisting the Knowledge Dementors: The Truth about “Post-Truth”

Abstract: We are said to live in a “post-truth” era in which “fake news” has replaced real information, denial has compromised science, and the ontology of knowledge and truth has taken on a relativist element. I argue that to defend evidence-based reasoning and knowledge against those attacks, we must understand the strategies by which the post-truth world is driven forward. I depart from the premise that the post-truth era did not arise spontaneously but is the result of a highly effective political movement that deploys a large number of rhetorical strategies. I focus on three strategies: The deployment of conspiracy theories, the use of “micro-targeting” and “bots” online, and agenda-setting by attentional diversion. I present evidence for the existence of each strategy and its impact, and how it might be countered.

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Date

Apr 30 2021
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Time

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Organizer

Sophie Ellwood
Email
psychology.research@sydney.edu.au

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