Monthly LecturesMonthly lectures are usually held on the third Saturday of each month (except in the summer and December), at 2:00 PM at the Community College of Philadelphia's Main campus in Center City Philadelphia, PA. Exceptions are noted below.
Parking is available for $4.00 in the college parking garage on 17th St. The garage is open until 6 PM. Note: Free parking in the Bonnell lot across the street is no longer available.
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PhACT thanks Dr. David Cattell and the Philadelphia Community College for providing us with an excellent meeting space.
The general public is more than welcome to attend our lectures. You do not need to be a PhACT member to attend.
For more information, contact Bob Glickman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Executive meetings are held prior to the monthly lectures, at 1:00 p.m. Any member may attend.
Saturday, September 17, 2016 - The Psychology of Conspiracy Theories
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Community College of Philadelphia, Room C2-28 Details
Speaker: Dr. Rob Brotherton
Why do people believe conspiracy theories? What's the harm if they do? And just what is a conspiracy theory, anyway? Rob Brotherton provides a psychological perspective on conspiracism. Recent research into cognitive biases and heuristics - quirks in the way our brains are wired -- suggests that we're all intuitive conspiracy theorists; some of us just hide it better than others.
Rob Brotherton is an academic psychologist and science writer who likes to walk on the weird side of psychology. Rob completed a PhD on the psychology of conspiracy theories with the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths, University of London. He now lives in New York City and teaches classes on conspiracy theories and science communication at Barnard College.