Believing Bullshit: How Not To Get Sucked Into An Intellectual Black Hole

  • April 10, 2014 · 7:30 PM

Wacky belief systems abound. Members of the Heavens Gate suicide cult believed they were taking a ride to heaven on board a UFO. Muslim suicide bombers expect to be greeted after death by 72 virgins. And many fundamentalist Christians insist the entire universe is just 6,000 years old. Of course its not only cults and religions that promote bizarre beliefs significant numbers of people believe that aliens built the pyramids. How do such preposterous views succeed in entrenching themselves in the minds of sane, intelligent, educated people and turn them into the willing slaves of claptrap? Believing Bullshit is a witty and insightful critique that will help immunize readers against the wiles of cultists, religious and political zealots, conspiracy theorists, and various other nutcases by clearly setting out the tricks of the trade by which such insidious belief systems are created and sustained.

Stephen Law is senior lecturer in philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London and editor of the Royal Institute of Philosophy Journal Think. He has published several books on philosophy including Believing Bullshit, The Complete Philosophy Files and Really Really Big Questions.

A great warm up for any QED attendees who can get to Manchester a day early!

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  • David A.

    Very interesting, Dr Law is an excellent speaker.

    April 11

  • Stephen E.

    Good talk, shame he didn't go into more detail, Q&A was fun and interesting too

    April 11

  • Guy O.

    Amusing as well as thought provoking and useful too!

    April 10

  • Nazir K.

    Intellectually stimulating talk.

    April 10

  • Mike W.

    Sorry, can't make tonight after all. Hope to get to a meeting one day!

    April 10

  • Oonagh C.

    I can't make this now unfortunately. Sorry for the short notice.

    April 10

  • Malcolm

    I'll probably be a bit late, should be there by 8 though.

    April 10

  • Oonagh C.

    Hi, what time are you expecting this to finish?

    April 7

    • Geoff W.

      Hi Oonagh, depending on how long the Q&A session lasts I would anticipate between 9.30pm and 10pm

      April 7

    • Oonagh C.

      Thanks Geoff. Might not be able to stay for all but definitely looking forward to it!

      April 8

  • A former member
    A former member

    Don't think I can make this one I'm afraid

    April 7

  • Trevor W.

    I think its not just believing bullshit that's the issue but it is in fact recognising it! It does sound like and interesting meeting.

    2 · January 22, 2014

    • Jamil M.

      Couldn't have put it better myself. Looking forward to it.

      January 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just signed up to this, sounds like an interesting gathering.

    November 26, 2013

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