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EXTERNAL EVENT - Adventures with the Enemies of Science

Journalist and author, Will Storr, investigates how humans develop the processes of self-deception and science denial.

Will Storr was in the tropical north of Australia, excavating fossils with a celebrity creationist, when he asked himself a simple question. Why don’t facts work? Why, that is, did the obviously intelligent man beside him sincerely believe in Adam and Eve, the Garden of Eden and a six-thousand-year-old Earth, in spite of the evidence against them?

It was the start of a journey that would lead Storr all over the world – from Texas to Warsaw to the Outer Hebrides – meeting an extraordinary cast of modern heretics whom he tries his best to understand. He goes on a tour of Holocaust sites with David Irving and a band of neo-Nazis, experiences his own murder during ‘past life regression’ hypnosis, discusses the looming One World Government with iconic climate sceptic Lord Monckton and investigates the tragic life and death of a woman who believed her parents were high priests in a baby-eating cult.

Using a unique mix of highly personal memoir, investigative journalism and the latest research from neuroscience and experimental psychology, Storr reveals how the stories we tell ourselves about the world invisibly shape our beliefs, and how the neurological ‘hero maker’ inside us all can so easily lead to self-deception, toxic partisanship and science denial.

Will Storr is a longform journalist and novelist. His features have appeared in various publications, including Guardian Weekend, The Times Magazine, Observer Magazine, GQ, Marie Claire and the Sydney Morning Herald. He is a contributing editor at Esquire magazine. He has been named New Journalist of the Year and Feature Writer of the Year, and has won a National Press Club award for excellence. In 2010, his investigation into the kangaroo meat industry won the Australian Food Media award for Best Investigative Journalism and, in 2012, he was presented with the One World Press award and the Amnesty International award for his work on sexual violence against men.

His latest book is The Heretics - Adventures with the Enemies of Science.
/ @wstorr

11.00, £3 on the door/free to members

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  • marie g.

    I've long wanted to know how people who are seemingly intelligent get themselves into religious beliefs. I hope to gain some insights.

    April 26, 2013

  • Alex D

    Sounds good; unfortunately not at a time slot I'm ever likely to make. Guess I'm still rebelling against my childhood: so long as Sunday is a 'special' day and its mornings reserved for 'worthy' activities, you can count me out. Do they do podcasts?

    April 22, 2013

  • Fiona W.

    The heading should mention that this is one of the regular Sunday morning lectures of the Conway Hall Ethical Society. All welcome!

    April 22, 2013

    • Georgi L.

      There is a limit on space for the heading. (We do our best to add all those events that are likely to be of interest here, but if there are any we have missed you can always send me an email (or put it on the Suggested Events page yourself)). Thanks.

      April 22, 2013

  • Thinker

    I am currently watching the series of You Tube videos by Thunderf00t entitled "Why do people laugh at creationists?"
    They are very entertaining and provide an excellent explanation of science as well.

    April 17, 2013

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