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The What, the How, and the Why of Science Denial

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, 2017 at 4:15pm to 6:15pm

Psychology, Psy auditorium (Psy 105)
3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199

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Faculty & Staff, Students, Alumni, General Public





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