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Outside the Square: Is Truth Dead? How to be informed
4 May, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm$15 - $25
The disregard for evidence. The denial of accountability. A contempt for experts.
Welcome to the era of post-truth.
When it comes to debating issues of great contemporary significance – whether carbon footprints or food supply, presidential campaigns or city planning, health policy or anti-terrorism – evidence and logic have begun to count for less. Facts, rational thought and expertise are losing out to emotions, personal hunches and prejudices.
Why is this happening? And why is it happening now? What constitutes ‘a fact’ in our contemporary worlds? How can we tell? Is truth dead?
Our expert panel, led by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences’ new Dean, Professor Annamarie Jagose, will examine the very real threats to justice, democracy and progress in this era of post-truth.
About the panel
- Professor Nick Enfield – Chair of the Department of Linguistics
- Dr Celine Van Golde – Associate lecturer in Forensic Psychology
- Charles Firth – Cofounder and Managing Editor of The Chaser