Unfriending the Future: Motivated Empathy in Science and Political Advocacy
Speaker: Michael Kruse: Executive Director of Bad Science Watch
Hosted by: University of Toronto Secular Alliance
Date: March 7th 2017, 7 to 9 pm
Hart House, Debates Room
7 Hart House Circle
- Free Admission, please RVSP via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unfriending-the-future-motivated-empathy-in-science-and-political-advocacy-tickets-32381825913
- Optional donation to Bad Science Watch
About the Event:
When we are faced with the irrational and conspiratorial claims of the alternative medicine community the science minded community often responds with anger, incredulity and frustration. Sometimes these messages are not from the easy targets of the fringe but from our own family and friends. But how often has our argumentative response been effective? It is worth taking a look at not only our goals and our tactics, but our audience as well. We know that psychological phenomena like the backfire effect combine with ideological anti-corporate attitudes to work against any rational arguments, we have seen it happen time and again. This was the state of frustration we were in when we started Bad Science Watch. We made a decision to think about our audience and set goals focused on making real change. This talk will focus on the role that empathy plays in picking targets and setting goals and the success we have had in creating a message that has resonated with our audience and supporters.
About Bad Science Watch:
Bad Science Watch is an independent non-profit consumer protection watchdog and science advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of Canadians by countering bad science. We are driven by a vision of a safer, healthier, and more prosperous Canada where critical thinking and sound science are paramount in the making of important societal decisions.
About the University of Toronto Secular Alliance (UTSA):
The University of Toronto Secular Alliance (UTSA) is an organization dedicated to building a community at U of T for those adhering to non-religious worldviews including atheists, agnostics, Secular Humanists, and Freethinkers. Through our weekly meetings and events, we provide a forum where all ideas and beliefs can be examined, critiqued, and challenged through discourse that is civil, intellectual, and insightful. Find us on Facebook: @uoftsecular