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Expert knowledge and conspiracy theory

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Expert knowledge and conspiracy theory 

Why were expert opinions and arguments so roundly rejected during the referendum? Why is it so hard to get a firm answer on the basic questions, such as whether Brexit will make us better off, or strengthen our sovereignty? How did forecasters who thought they were giving objective assessments get branded as scaremongers, elitists, and even plotting saboteurs?

 

This session will ask what has happened to trust in experts. Is challenging experts healthy or hazardous for democracy? Can you believe everything you read (on the side of a bus)? 

 

 

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Presentation time: 
Friday, 25 May, 2018 - 10:00
With: 

Alan Shipman

Alan Shipman is a lecturer in economics at the Open University, with a background in economic and social forecasting. His latest publication is The New Power Elite (2018, Anthem Press). Twitter @AlanShipman 

David Robertson

David G. Robertson is a lecturer in religious studies at the Open University, and co-founder of the religious studies project. He researches new religions, conspiracy theories and other weird stuff.

 

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