The skeptical razor
2nd Nov. of 2016 – Aula Europa of Barcelona
There’s no such thing as a political noble lie. In the political arena or in the excercise of government powers, lies are often signals and false promises, invariably doomed to fail. In most extreme cases, they might end up undermining social progress and welfare. Despite this, mystification, simulation and deception are almost inseparable arts from political action.
Why do people so often make use of distorting lies? Why do they spread so quickly? Why are liers so succesful? What can we do to protect technological advances and social benefits from the effects of these mystifications? Which tools do we have to deal with them?
To answer these questions we have the science writer Michael Shermer, who will speak about how science and reason can lead to a better society; philosopher Julian Baggini, who will analyse how politicians are using rethoric techniques; and proffesor and expert in biotechnology José Miguel Mulet, who will lecture on pseudosience and european food and nutrition policies.
Teresa Giménez Barbat
MEP and Member of the Delegation of European Citizens in Brussels
Sr. Arcadi Navarro
Secretari d’Universitats i Recerca de la Generalitat de Catalunya
Michael Shermer (USA, 1954)
Skeptic, founder of Skeptic Magazine, science writer
The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead to Truth, Justice, and Freedod
Julian Baggini (UK, 1968)
Philosopher, cofounder of The Philosophers’ Magazinedian
The Lost Art of Rhetoric: Reason and Persuasion in Politics
José Miguel Mulet (Spain, 1974)
Scientist, Professor, science writer
Pseudoscience in the European Food regulations