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de Géophysique (Bât. B5c)

Quartier Agora
Allée du 6 août, 19C
B-4000 Liège 1 (Sart-Tilman)

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Seminars are regularly held to enable department's researchers as well as external scientists to present the latest findings in their fields. You are most welcome to join us:

27/02/2018 :
On critical thinking and cognitive pitfalls
Johan Braeckman
14/03/2018 :
Stellar activity and extrasolar planets
Jürgen Schmitt
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Next seminar Tuesday 27 february, 14h00 (2nd Seminar 2018 - poster)
Attention: unusual day and location!
On critical thinking and cognitive pitfalls
Johan Braeckman (UGent)

Salle de Tocqueville (+2), Faculté de Droit & Ecole de criminologie Jean Constant et Institut des Sciences humaines et sociales
Bâtiment B31, Quartier Agora, Place des Orateurs, 3, B-4000 Liège 1 (Sart-Tilman)

In this lecture we investigate why people are so vulnerable to mental infections with totally irrational believes. Insights developed in social psychology, informal logic or neuroscience, make clear how quick human reasoning can go wrong, how easy one makes wrong connections, wrong statistical estimations and all to quick generalizations. Scientists doing research are often better armed against the danger of infection by irrational and pseudoscientific views. However, they are very good in rationalizing wrong views, picked up along the way, which often makes them stick to bad ideas much longer. Nobody is immune! Pseudoscientific theories will be discussed together with historical and current examples of apparent scientific and objective views that turned out to be infected by fallacies or wrong assumptions. The differences between science and pseudoscience and between rational and irrational thinking will be clarified. A pure rational way of thinking is most probably never to be reached, and may even be something we should not wish for, but we can get a better insight in how our brain processes information and creates false realities.
Previous seminar Wednesday 14 march, 15h45 (3rd Seminar 2018 - poster) 
Attention: unusual day!
Stellar activity and extrasolar planets
Jürgen Schmitt (Universität Hamburg)

Salle de réunion AGO (local -1/14), Institut d'Astrophysique et de Géophysique
Bâtiment B5c, Quartier Agora, Allée du 6 Août, 19C, B-4000 Liège 1 (Sart-Tilman)

Coffee, tea and cookies will be served after the seminar...
University of Liège > Faculty of Sciences > Department of Astrophysics, Geophysics and Oceanography : CoWebAGO, June 2009.