You’re a smart person. You make good decisions, rely on reason, and reject superstition. Yet did you know that in many cases, smart people are more likely to fall for fake news than average thinkers? Research in cognitive neuroscience and behavioral economics shows that smart people are particularly vulnerable to certain forms of misinformation. Such vulnerabilities come from dangerous judgment errors called cognitive biases. Learn how you might be vulnerable to fake news, find out what you can do to fix that, and see how to help prevent other people from falling for fake news as well. You’ll be a superhero.
Dr. Gleb Tsipursky is a cognitive neuroscientist and behavioral economist passionate about promoting truth, rational thinking, and wise decision-making. A civic activist and philanthropist, he’s the volunteer President of the Board of the nonprofit Intentional Insights (https://intentionalinsights.org) and co-founded the Pro-Truth Pledge (www.protruthpledge.org). Professionally, he serves as the CEO of the decision-making and risk management strategy consulting, coaching, speaking, and training firm Disaster Avoidance Experts (https://disasteravoidanceexperts.com). He’s a best-selling author of a number of books, most notably “Pro Truth: A Pragmatic Plan to Put Truth Back Into Politics” (Changemakers Books, 2020), as well as the national bestsellers “The Truth Seeker’s Handbook: A Science-Based Guide” and “Resilience: Adapt and Plan for the New Abnormal of the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic.” He has published over 550 articles and has given over 450 interviews for prominent venues such as Time, USA Today, Scientific American, Psychology Today, Fortune, The Conversation, Inc. Magazine, CNBC, CBS News, NPR, Newsweek, and more. A nonbeliever, he frequently writes for secular venues such as The Humanist, Skeptical Inquirer, The Skeptic, and Free Inquiry. His expertise stems from his research background with over 15 years in academia, including seven years as a professor at The Ohio State University, where he published dozens of peer-reviewed articles in academic journals such as Behavior and Social Issues and Journal of Social and Political Psychology. Email: gleb (at) intentionalinsights (dot) org.
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