Online Talk Series on Conspiracy Theories, April - July 2021

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Apr 16, 2021, 12:27:15 PM4/16/21


From: Tobias Schlicht

Announcement: Talk Series
Why do people believe weird things?
Bayesian Brains, Conspiracy Theories, and Intellectual Vices

Online via Zoom | April - July 2021 | Thursdays 2-4 pm (Berlin Time)

April 22 Michael Butter (Tübingen):
The history of conspiracy theories and conspiracy theory research
April 29 Quassim Cassam (Warwick):
Misunderstanding conspiracy theories
May 6 Romy Jaster (Berlin):
May 20 Jan Willem van Prooijen (Amsterdam):
Belief in conspiracy theories during a pandemic
June 10 Keith Harris (Iowa):
The problems with particularism: Warranted suspicion of conspiracy theories
June 17 M. Giulia Napolitano (Irvine):
June 24 Karen Douglas (Kent):
The psychology of conspiracy theories
July 1 Clare Birchall (London):
Paranoia Inc.: Monetising conspiracy theories
July 8 Heather Battaly (UConn):
Engaging closed-mindedly with your polluted media feed
July 15 Daniel Cohnitz (Utrecht):
July 22 Philip Corlett (Yale):
Paranoia and belief updating during the Covid-19 crisis: Volatility, Vaccines and Qanon

The seminar will take place Thursdays at 14:00 CET (Berlin time zone) and all talks will be conducted on Zoom. This series is part of our Volkswagen Foundation sponsored project focused on viewing recent work on conspiracy theories through the lens of currently popular formal approaches to modeling rationality and behavior.
In order to participate, please register by sending an email to to acquire the zoom-link.
Krzysztof Dolega, Tobias Schlicht
Institute for Philosophy II
Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Prof. Dr. Tobias Schlicht
Professor for Philosophy of Consciousness and Cognition
Dean, Faculty of Philosophy and Educational Science
Institute for Philosophy II
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Universitätsstr. 150, GA3/29
44780 Bochum, Germany

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