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PERITIA Public Lecture: Trust vs. Argument

June 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm +04


About the Event: 

Truth and trust are becoming contentious topics for science and democracy. Conspiracy theories disrupt political elections, disinformation campaigns target scientific consensus around climate change and vaccines, and anti-elite populism overshadows public debates. In the midst of a pandemic, citizens find themselves asking quintessential philosophical questions: what truth is, whom we can trust, or how we should trust.

The PERITIA Public Lectures delve into these phenomena to explore the concept of trust and truth in light of current events. Prominent philosophers and academics from Europe and the U.S. come together to present their latest research on trust in science, conspiracy theories, trustworthy science, truth and democracy, and trust and cognitive science.

The lectures are open to all upon registration via Zoom and moderated by science communicator Shane Bergin. The first part of this online series runs every second Tuesday, from April to June 2021. Participants are invited to join an interactive Q&A debate after each lecture. Reading materials are available for academic purposes. Registration is free. For registration and details about the upcoming lectures visit here.

About the Speaker: 

Dan Sperber is a French social and cognitive scientist. He is the author of Rethinking Symbolism (Cambridge UP 1975); On Anthropological Knowledge (Cambridge UP 1985); and Explaining Culture (Blackwell 1996). In these three books, he has developed a naturalistic approach to culture under the name of “epidemiology of representations”. With Deirdre Wilson (Department of Linguistics, University College, London), Dan Sperber is also the co-author of Relevance: Communication and Cognition (Blackwell 1986 – Second Revised Edition, 1995). He and Deirdre Wilson have developed a cognitive approach to communication known as “Relevance Theory”. Both the epidemiology of representations and relevance theory have been influential and also controversial.

Language: English with simultaneous Armenian translation


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