“All I know is just what I read in the papers, and that’s an alibi for my ignorance.”
– Will Rogers
The news media and social media bombard us with information daily, but how do you know what’s true and what’s false? Join us for three presentations and a panel discussion with three experts on misinformation in the media.
How Health Research Often Gets Distorted By Scientists, PR Firms, and Journalists
Jonathan Jarry, M.Sc., Science Communicator
Jonathan Jarry is a science communicator with the McGill Office for Science and Society and the co-host of the podcast The Body of Evidence. He will be talking about some of the ways in which science gets distorted and hyped up by the time we hear about it in the media. How can we separate sense from nonsense? The right tools can help us identify good science and warn us against dangerous falsehoods.
What Are Memes And How Do they Influence Our Thinking?
Wioletta Woloszyn, M.Sc., Conceptual Artist
Wioletta Woloszyn is a conceptual artist whose areas of research include screen dependency, consumption and neocapitalism. Her current work revolves around the nature of consumption, and the comfort of living in capitalist societies. She approaches these questions in view of pop culture, philosophy of mind and the philosophy of action.
The Edge of Science
Geoff Brown, Speaker & Coach
Geoff is a speaker and critical thinking advocate who believes that we can change our thinking not only to defend against misinformation, but also to live deeper and more fulfilling lives. He will speak about common sense methods for spotting fake science in the media.
February 19th, 6PM, 5605, de Gaspé