Thursday, May 17, 2018
5:00 pm

William & Myrtle Harris Distinguished Lectureship in Science and Civilization

Science vs. Intuition: Why Scientific Ideas Elude the Human Mind
Andrew Shtulman, Associate Professor, Cognitive Science; Psychology, Occidental College

Abstract: Scientific ideas are difficult to teach, difficult to learn, and difficult to accept as true because they contradict our intuitive theories of how the world works -- theories constructed in childhood but retained across the lifespan, influencing our thinking even as adults. In this talk, I will discuss what intuitive theories are, where they come from, and why they blind us to more accurate theories of the world.

Contact Emily de Araujo emilya@caltech.edu at 626-395-8028
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