What? Explained in four lectures : Why smart people believe silly things by Herman de Regt and Hans Dooremalen, philosophers of science at the Tilburg University Where? Impulse, Building 115 on campus When? 12, 19 and 26 March and 2 April, starting at 20:00 hours Cost? Free
The aim of the lectures is not just to debunk nonsense. De Regt and Dooremalen will actually use pseudoscience to show what good science is. Moreover, they will talk about why human beings are such bad scientists by nature. Our brains can call up false memories with alarming ease, and evolution seems to have hardwired us to see causal connections everywhere, whether they exist or not. The philosophers see it as the task of scientists to learn to recognize and avoid these pitfalls. As long as even the cleverest among us are still holding on to nonsensical ideas, the scientific age is still a long way off.