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Circulating Ideas - 9 September 2021

Steve Thomas
Steve Thomas
Circulating Ideas facilitates conversations with the innovative people and ideas inspiring libraries to grow and thrive in the 21st century. This newsletter dives deeper into those conversations.
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Guest hosts have been a lifeline for me many times, and I appreciate all of my librarian friends and colleagues who have pitched in over the years. Since 2017, Troy Swanson has been guest hosting with a focus on misinformation, disinformation, and “fake news.” He has interviewed journalists, information literacy librarians, media scholars, and psychologists. This occasional series explores the ways that librarians can connect within and beyond librarianship to strengthen the ever-evolving information landscape and better serve their communities. He continues his series here in Episode 207.
Are our brains broken? Are humans hopelessly irrational and doomed to fall for misinformation? Cognitive scientist Hugo Mercier says “no!” His work highlights the nuanced ways that our brains successfully navigate our information world. He emphasizes that attempts at mass persuasion largely fail. We are equipped with sophisticated cognitive mechanisms that protect us from lies and cheats.
Listen and learn!
Episode 207
Circulating Ideas 207: Hugo Mercier
CI207 Transcript
The Enigma of Reason — Hugo Mercier, Dan Sperber | Harvard University Press
More About Hugo Mercier
Fake news in the time of coronavirus: how big is the threat? | The Guardian
Hugo Mercier | Edge.org
Hugo Mercier – Why Humans Are Less Gullible Than We Think
Hugo Mercier – Why Humans Are Less Gullible Than We Think
The Function of Reason with Hugo Mercier
The Function of Reason with Hugo Mercier
How and why we reason | Hugo Mercier | TEDxGhentSalon
How and why we reason | Hugo Mercier | TEDxGhentSalon
How can you change someone's mind? (hint: facts aren't always enough) - Hugo Mercier
How can you change someone's mind? (hint: facts aren't always enough) - Hugo Mercier
Hugo Mercier - Not Born Yesterday: Why Humans Are Less Gullible Than We Think
Hugo Mercier - Not Born Yesterday: Why Humans Are Less Gullible Than We Think
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Troy Swanson – Circulating Ideas
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