Bristol Skeptics in the Pub presents a talk by Stephan Lewandowsky
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Stephan Lewandowsky Chair of Cognitive Psychology at the University of Bristol’s School of Experimental Psychology. His research focuses on the public's understanding of science and why people often embrace beliefs at odds with scientific evidence.
With John Cook, he wrote “The Debunking Handbook”, a review of research on debunking falsehoods and a guide to better practices for doing so. Much of "The Debunking Handbook" focuses on "backfire effects", whereby telling people that they are wrong often reinforces their prior beliefs, rather than weakening them.
Professor Lewandowsky has also extensively surveyed the public opinion on climate change, which beliefs correlate with climate change denial and which groups are most likely to change their views when presented with evidence. His findings have contributed to what is now known as the Gateway Belief Model.
He has a bachelor’s degree from Washington College and an MA and PhD from the University of Toronto, and is the recipient of the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.
In 2015, Professor Lewandowsky was elected a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI), an organization which arguably started the modern skeptical movement with its foundation in 1976.
What is Skeptics in the Pub?
In 1999, Dr Scott Campbell founded Skeptics in the Pub. The group was created for those interested in science, history, psychology, philosophy, investigative journalism and how to examine extraordinary claims of all types. Initially only in London, there now be over 100 SitP groups around the world.
The Bristol meeting is presented by the Bristol Skeptics Society, formed in 2009. We meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month in the Smoke & Mirrors bar on Denmark Street.
A speaker is invited each month to present a topic of interest, which is followed by a discussion in a relaxed and friendly pub atmosphere. Previous speakers in Bristol include Simon Singh, David Colquhon, David Nutt and Susan Blackmore.
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