Events

Upcoming Events

Join Students Against Pseudoscience as we welcome Prof. John Cook on January 27, 2021 (Wednesday).
“The public are overwhelmed with misinformation and conspiracy theories, causing confusion about important issues such as climate change, vaccination, and COVID-19. How do we respond to the firehose of falsehoods? One way to effectively neutralize the influence of misinformation and pseudoscience is inoculation. This applies the idea of vaccination to knowledge—we can build immunity to misinformation by exposing people to a weakened form of misinformation. In other words, explain the misleading techniques used in misinformation. Dr John Cook will outline his psychological and critical thinking research into inoculation and how he has used gamification and cartoons to overcome some of the psychological hurdles facing scientists and educators.” Sign up here.

Join Students Against Pseudoscience as we welcome Prof. Paul Offit on February 2, 2021 (Tuesday).
We at Students Against Pseudoscience are delighted to invite Prof. Paul Offit to share with us his insight surrounding key narratives surrounding the current pandemic. Specifically, we will hear Prof. Offit’s perspective on how purveyors of pseudoscience have used to scare people away from vaccines, masking and social distancing into the waiting arms of bogus therapies and preventives.
“Paul A. Offit, MD, is the director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. An internationally recognised expert in virology and immunology, he has published more than 150 papers in medical and scientific journals, and is the co-inventor of the rotavirus vaccine RotaTeq.” Sign up here.

Past Events

Using Critical Thinking to Build Resilience Against Misinformation Professor – Prof. John Cook

We welcomed Professor John Cook, Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University, for our first presentation of Lent term. Prof. Cook has built on decades of research into inoculation theory in the field of behavioural psychology, and in his talk, discussed how this may be applied to climate change denial.  His talk, titled “Using … Continue reading “Using Critical Thinking to Build Resilience Against Misinformation Professor – Prof. John Cook”

A critical look at so-called alternative medicine (SCAM) – Prof. Edzard Ernst

We welcome Prof Edzard Ernst, formerly Professor of Complementary Medicine at the University of Exeter, the first such academic position in the world. He is founder of three medical journals and has been a columnist for many publications. His work has been awarded with 17 scientific awards (most recently the John Maddox Prize in 2015 … Continue reading “A critical look at so-called alternative medicine (SCAM) – Prof. Edzard Ernst”

Misinformation in the Digital Age – Prof. Stephan Lewandowsky, Dr Jon Roozenbeek, Prof. Sander van der Linden

We welcome Professor Sander van der Linden, Dr Jon Roozenbeek and Professor Stephan Lewandowsky, our expert panel on misinformation in the digital age. We tackle questions including “how can we fight against misinformation?” and “how does fake news affect our society?” Professor Stephan Lewandowsky, Chair of Cognitive Psychology at the University of Bristol, is an … Continue reading “Misinformation in the Digital Age – Prof. Stephan Lewandowsky, Dr Jon Roozenbeek, Prof. Sander van der Linden”

On The Ethics of Vaccination – Prof. Julian Savulescu

Arguably the best chance of escape from the COVID-19 pandemic is vaccination. But growing vaccine hesitancy has already jeopardised herd immunity for diseases such as the measles. A new vaccine, for a disease that poses a lower risk than measles, for much of the population, is likely to be subject to similar concerns. Indeed, polling … Continue reading “On The Ethics of Vaccination – Prof. Julian Savulescu”

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