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Not born Yesterday: Why humans are less gullible than we think

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  • UserDr Hugo Mercier (Jean Nicod Institute, CNRS)
  • ClockWednesday 13 October 2021, 15:00-16:30
  • Housevia zoom .

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It is often thought that humans are gullible, easily manipulated by demagogues, advertisers, and politicians. I will argue that the opposite is true: humans are equipped with a set of psychological mechanisms that allow them to properly evaluate communicated information, and to reject information that is false or harmful. I will rely on experimental psychology data, as well as studies showing the failures of mass persuasion, from Nazi propaganda to American presidential campaigns. I will also suggest that, with the right argument, people can be persuaded to acquire more accurate beliefs.

Please note the earlier-than-usual start time of 3pm

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