Prof. Adrian Bardon ’91 of Wake Forest University will speak about what is happening when someone is in denial. Denial, as opposed to lying or bullshitting, arises from a state of sincere self-deception. Science denial is the denial of consensus science on a wide range of issues, such as climate change, vaccine safety, genetically modified foods, or water-supply fluoridation. Widespread denial of established science in areas like these can have a big impact on public policy and human well-being.
We would do well to form a better understanding of what denial is, how it is maintained, and, perhaps most importantly, why we do it. How can one self-deceive? And why would anyone ever want to be wrong about something? As it turns out, it is all too easy to self-deceive, and there are lots of reasons why people are motivated to deny reality.
Thursday, September 21 at 4:15pm to 6:15pm
Psychology, Psy auditorium (Psy 105)
3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199