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The London Lectures: Hugo Mercier - Not Born Yesterday: Why Humans Are Less Gullible Than We Think

Friday 13th March 2020 5:45pm - 7:15pm 107 Charing Cross Road Literary Event, Free Event


***Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has now been cancelled. Please email for any further information***


We’re delighted to be teaming up with author and philosopher Julian Baggini and the Royal Institute of Philosophy to bring you The London Lectures—a series of wide-ranging talks by experts in the field of Social Epistemology.


How Do We Know? The Social Dimension of Knowledge


Knowledge is often thought of as something that we each individually have: something inside our own minds. But our knowledge depends on other people's testimony and expertise. And what we know depends on what our society makes it possible for us to know, either formally or informally, through social norms and practices that suppress some ideas and privilege others.


Hugo Mercier
Not Born Yesterday: Why Humans Are Less Gullible Than We Think


Humans are often portrayed as gullible, being easily influenced by charismatic figures, majority opinion, deceitful advertising, or even fake news. In this talk Mercier demonstrates evidence to the contrary—that we are skilled at evaluating all sorts of messages, and that persuading people en masse is incredibly difficult.


Hugo Mercier is a cognitive scientist working at the Jean Nicod Institute in Paris. He is the author of The Enigma of Reason (with Dan Sperber) and, most recently, of Not Born Yesterday: The Science of Who We Trust and What We Believe.



Tickets: Free reservation

Venue: Level 6, Foyles 107 Charing Cross Road

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