Great Minds Salon: The What, The How, and The Why of Science Denial


Thu, Feb 18, 2021    
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Sponsored by The Jewish Center Princeton
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With Adrian Bardon

Mr. Bardon discusses the philosophy and the social science of ideological denialisms like the denial of climate science, or the denial of the need for masking and distancing during the COVID pandemic. What is it to be in denial about expert consensus? How is sincere self-deception possible? And why do we see certain types of denial among certain political constituencies and demographic groups?

Adrian Bardon holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He teaches courses in the philosophy of space and time, philosophy and social psychology, 17th-18th century European philosophy, critical reasoning, the philosophy of religion, and political philosophy. His current research focuses on the philosophy, psychology, and politics of ideological science denial. He is the author of The Truth About Denial: Bias and Self-Deception in Science, Politics, and Religion (Oxford UniversityPress, 2020).

Adrian’s work has been featured in Scientific American, Vox, Salon, The Conversation, National Public Radio’s “On Point”, NPR’s “Think”, NPR’s “The Brian Lehrer Show”, NPR’s “Gulf Coast Life”, Public Radio International’s “The World”, NBC News, Radio New Zealand, The David Pakman Show, Business Insider, The Houston Chronicle, The San Antonio Express-News, The San Francisco Chronicle, Krautreporter (Germany), ABC (Spain), The Tablet (UK), Filozofuj (Poland), Science and Education, Metapsychology, and the podcasts Parlia and The Sustainable Century.


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