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The London Lectures: Liam Kofi Bright - Why Do Scientists Lie?

Friday 8th November 2019 5:45pm - 7:15pm 107 Charing Cross Road Literary Event, Free Event

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.


Liam Kofi Bright
Why Do Scientists Lie?


Science is our best attempt to get at the truth about the world; we rely on its results every time we develop and use new technologies and medicines. Scientific fraud is thus a serious problem, undermining our trust in a vital public institution. This lecture is about why scientists lie and what can be done about it—but, paradoxically, we will find that thinking about scientific lies helps us better understand how scientists reach the truth.


Dr. Liam Kofi Bright is an Assistant Professor at the London School of Economics; he specialises in the philosophy of science. 



Tickets: Free reservation

Venue: Level 6, Foyles 107 Charing Cross Road

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