University of Cambridge > > Inside the Mind > Hugo Mercier - "Not Born Yesterday"

Hugo Mercier - "Not Born Yesterday"

Add to your list(s) Download to your calendar using vCal

  • UserProfessor Hugo Mercier
  • ClockTuesday 09 March 2021, 19:30-20:30
  • HouseZoom.

If you have a question about this talk, please contact lh600.

Sign up is via Google Form:


How do we decide who we can trust and what we should believe?

This week, Prof Hugo Mercier will be discussing his latest book ‘Not Born Yesterday – Why we are less gullible than we think”.

In the second talk of the series, Hugo will argue that human beings are generally resistant to attempts at mass persuasion, whether by politicians, religious leaders, or advertisers. Drawing on recent findings from political science and other fields ranging from history to anthropology, Mercier will attempt to demonstrate that the narrative of widespread gullibility, in which a credulous public is easily misled by demagogues and charlatans, is simply wrong.

Professor Hugo Mercier is a research scientist at the CNRS (Institut Jean Nicod, Paris), where he works with the Evolution and Social Cognition team and the Collective Intelligence team.

This talk is part of the Inside the Mind series.

Tell a friend about this talk:

This talk is included in these lists:

Note that ex-directory lists are not shown.


© 2006-2023, University of Cambridge. Contact Us | Help and Documentation | Privacy and Publicity