How to be certain about anything, even when you've got no evidence

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Date: Tuesday, 23 January 2018 19:30

Venue: The B-Bar, Barbican Theatre

For one month only Plymouth Skeptics in the Pub is back! In conjunction with Plymouth Humanists we have invited Dr Martin Poulter down from Bristol to explain to us exactly what confirmation bias is, how it can lead us to make bad decisions, and continue to hold our false preconceptions as true.

Dr Poulter is a Senior Web Developer and Researcher at the University of Bristol. His PhD, completed at Bristol University Philosophy Department, examines ways in which an individual’s values can affect the beliefs that they sign up to.

He is on the on the committee of Bristol Skeptics and gives talks around the country on cults and critical thinking, including ones on “How to start your own cult: The Scientology way” and “Cognitive Bias, Introspection and Religious Belief”, as well as this talk. He writes about psychology and philosophy on the Bias and Belief blog, and has been informing the public about the Scientology cult since 1995.

He also supports Sense About Science, the Open Rights Group (ORG), Liberty, and the National Secular Society (NSS).

 

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