NB** Please note, this is NOT our usual first Wednesday of the month slot

Dr Stuart Vyse

Tuesday, May 12 2020 at 7:30PM

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60 Old Woolwich Road, Greenwich, London SE10 9NY

Dr Stuart Vyse

What's the talk about?

Despite the many scientific and technological advances of modern life, superstition persists and, by some measures, is increasing in popularity. As a result, today there is a lively stream of research on the psychology of superstition, much of which is marketing studies inspired by the remarkable rise of the Chinese economy. This talk will review current trends in superstitious beliefs and the latest research on the psychology of those beliefs. Finally, I will discuss some of the current challenges faced by the skeptical community in the United States and elsewhere. I hope to get your thoughts about the proper role of skeptics in today’s world —a place where too often basic truths are rejected and wildly implausible ideas are uncritically endorsed.

Stuart is a sychologist, writer, and Contributing Editor for Skeptical Inquirer magazine. He is the author of Believing in Magic: The Psychology of Superstition (OUP, 2013) and Superstition: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2019).