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How We Form Opinions with Steven Sloman

October 26, 2016
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Presented by: Redwood Library & Athenæum
Location: Redwood Library & Athenæum
50 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, RI 02840

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The 2016 Fall Life of the Mind Salon Series continues on Wednesday, October 26 with Steven Sloman, Ph.D., who will explain why people often overestimate their knowledge of common objects and the reason for this overestimation is that we live in a community of knowledge. Our communities understand how things work and we fail to distinguish what we know from the knowledge that resides in other people’s heads.

Steven Sloman is a Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences at Brown University where he has worked since 1992. He did his PhD in Psychology at Stanford University from 1986-1990 and then did post-doctoral research for two years at the University of Michigan. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the journal Cognition. Steven is a cognitive scientist who studies how people think. He has studied how our habits of thought influence the way we see the world, how the different systems that constitute thought interact to produce conclusions, conflict, and conversation, and how our construal of how the world works influences how we evaluate events and decide what action to take. His book with Phil Fernbach, School of Thought: The Illusion of Knowledge and the Power of Collective Intelligence, is forthcoming.

A wine and cheese reception is held at 5:30 pm, followed by the salon at 6:00 pm. Free for members, $10 for non-members. Seating is limited; call 401-847-0295, ext. 112 to make your reservation.
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

How We Form Opinions with Steven Sloman