Mon, 10 Jan



Mind Control - the unconscious, coincidence and decision-making. Dr Magda Osman

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Mind Control - the unconscious, coincidence and decision-making. Dr Magda Osman

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10 Jan, 19:30 – 21:00


About the event

Do you think that human-beings can make purely rational decisions? If so, then this talk by Dr Magda Osman may well cause you to think again!!  She will be examining the way we all use our perceptions of the world to make decisions. This includes areas that affect us all, like government policy, as well as our personal responses.  

Magda will examine: 

- meaning in coincidence 

- decision-making and uncertainty 

- whether our unconscious mind rules our behaviour 

- if psychological 'nudges' work  

Her research in behavioural science has explored many areas in conscious & unconscious decision-making. She has written & spoken about government decisions & their outcomes, such as the introduction of an opt-out organ donor system & the timing of the first pandemic lockdown.  Her passion is getting the public to think & engage with the topics of her research, because it is part of what happens in the real world. She has found creative ways to involve everyone in this, setting up projects for the public in general as well as specifically involving school children, as well as arts projects.  She recently advised the Bristol Old Vic on its sensational play Touching the Void, about 2 climbers in the Andes, and their life and death decisions.  Magda is Head of Research and Analysis at the Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge.  

This is an online only event using Zoom. Please RSVP to the event and you will get a zoom link.  Everyone is very welcome to attend. The event is FREE to all Bristol Humanist members. Everyone else is asked to make a £3 contribution using this link, and clicking the donate button

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