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Venue: Smoke & Mirrors, 8 Denmark Street
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Venue: Smoke and Mirrors, 8 Denmark Street
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.