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IAI Live October

Monday 9th October - 17:00 BST

IAI Live October

Is bias at the heart of understanding the world?

Hilary Lawson, Donald Hoffman, Daniel Kahneman, Ellen Langer, Elizabeth Loftus

We tend to think there is a correct way of seeing the world and look to eradicate any bias that might vitiate the truth. But is this an error? Leading psychologists argue that perceptual biases are at the heart of our understanding the world. Should we reject the desire to overcome bias? Should we see our bias as central to what makes us unique as an individual? Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman, leading Harvard researcher Ellen Langer, and post post-modern philosopher Hilary Lawson lock horns in our headline debate of the evening!

The evening begins with trailblazing psychologist Elizabeth Loftus, the leading researcher in her field, revealing the alarming paradoxes of human memory. In this exclusive interview, Loftus explains how her experiments sparked a paradigm shift in our understanding of human memory.

After the headline debate, world-leading cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman discusses his cutting-edge reseach about conciousness, perception, and its astonishing implications for the ultimate nature of reality.