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Daniel J Levitin

A Field Guide to Lies

Festival of Ideas/
Wed 25 January 2017

Daniel J Levitin

A Field Guide to Lies

daniel levitin -peterprato
Wed 25 January 2017,

How do we distinguish misinformation, pseudo-facts, distortions and outright lies from reliable information? Daniel Levitin, one of the world’s leading neuroscientists, bestselling author of The Organized Mind whose TED talk has had over 3 million views, and author now of A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age, explains how to recognise misleading announcements, statistics, graphs and written reports, and shows how science is the bedrock of critical thinking.

He argues that in order to be successful at work, play and in making the most of our lives, we need to think critically about the words and numbers we encounter, checking their plausibility and reasoning – not passively accepting, repeating and making decisions based on the information we receive.

An essential debate in this age of post-truth politics.

Photo: Peter Prato

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