Karen Douglas will discuss why conspiracy theories are popular, who is more likely to believe them (and why), and what some of the potential consequences of conspiracy theories are for politics, health, and the environment.
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Thinking on Sunday was launched as a new series of events with different themes to the Sunday Lectures. These interesting and stimulating sessions have a talk or presentation followed by Q&A, debate and discussion. The speakers are experts in their field, and/or have a passion for subject. Especially popular with our ethical society members, Thinking on Sunday is open to the public and promises to motivate and nourish the mind!
Thinking on Sunday: Drawbridge Britain – Where Did the Hostile Environment Against Immigrants Come From? | Sunday 2nd December
1n 1948, the HMS Windrush docked in Essex carrying hundreds of British citizens from the Caribbean. 70 years later, it emerged that our government had started denying healthcare and housing to some of the families. Russell Hargrave asks, what were the roots of the Windrush crisis, and how did the government get things so badly wrong?
Thinking on Sunday: The Perils of Perception – Why We’re Wrong About Nearly Everything | Sunday 16th December
Using the latest research into the media, decision science, heuristics, and emotional reasoning, Bobby Duffy examines why the populations of some countries seem better informed than others, and how we can address our ignorance of key public data and trends.