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Andy Norman: What to Do About Mass Irrationality? Applications of the Emerging Science of Mental Immunity

  • Wednesday, May 12, 2021
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Virtual

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Why are ideologies poisoning public discourse? Why is extremism on the rise? How did we get here, and what can we do about it?

It turns out some influential assumptions are suppressing our culture’s “immune response” to dangerous ideas. These assumptions prevent us from normalizing critical thinking, and leave us vulnerable to epidemics of unreason.

In this talk, Andy will discuss practical ways to inoculate minds against infectious ideas.

Andy Norman directs the Humanism Initiative at Carnegie Mellon University and studies how ideologies short-circuit minds. Then he develops tools that help people reason together in more fruitful ways. In his book Mental Immunity, he lays out the conceptual foundations of cognitive immunology—the emerging science of mental immune health. He’s currently testing a “mind vaccine”—a way to inoculate minds against infectious ideas.


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