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Thinking about Not-knowing: False advertising

May 18, 2023 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm CEST

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Join Vaughn Tan in building a better relationship with the not-knowing that surrounds us.

We instinctively trust those who claim to tame not-knowing or protect us from it. The people and institutions who manage our money, govern our countries, and build our tools want and need our trust — so they often claim to have good methods for dealing with uncertainty. Should we be more skeptical of these claims? In this salon, we’ll explore this question together.

This is the 5th episode in an Interintellect series about not-knowing.

Some topics we’ll cover:

  1. What are some of the methods used by economics, psychology, and computer science to deal with uncertainty? Do they do what they claim?
  2. How do these methods shape systems that affect our daily lives — such as banking, investment, government, news, and software?
  3. Why do we place so much trust in mathematical “solutions” to the problem of not-knowing?
  4. Why don’t we trust people and organisations that are honest about not-knowing?

Pre-reading: Truth in Advertising
Optional (but probably useful!): Check out previous articles on thinking more clearly about not-knowing.

The event will be recorded.


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May 18, 2023
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm CEST
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