Conspiracy Thinking in American Politics

Pete Ditto among featured speakers at symposium
Fri, 10/20/2023 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

The UCI Center for Neuropolitics presents this pathbreaking symposium where the issue of conspiracy thinking in contemporary politics is systematically confronted. 

The increasing prominence of conspiracy thinking in the American political landscape has generated reactions ranging from puzzlement to alarm. The 2023 Symposium will take an in-depth look at the phenomenon from the perspectives of political science, neuroscience, law, psychology, and philosophy. Please register for this unique opportunity to obtain novel insights on a critical issue facing the country.
The Annual Jerrold Post Lecture on Neuropolitics keynote speaker is George Marcus, professor emeritus of political science at Williams College. Psychiatrist Jerrold Post, MD (1934-2020), who was professor of political science at George Washington University, was a founder of the field of political psychology and author of many influential books on the psychology of political leadership.

Featured speakers are:

-Peter H. Ditto, professor of psychological science, UCI School of Social Ecology
-Karen Douglas, professor of social psychology, University of Kent, UK
-Hemant Kakkar, assistant professor of management & organizations, Duke University Fuqua School of Business
-David Kaye, clinical professor of law, UCI Law
-Neil Levy, professor of philosophy, Macquarie University, Australia
Cailin O'Connor, professor of logic and philosophy of science, UCI School of Social Sciences

Symposium co-directors are:

-Mark Fisher, professor of neurology, UCI School of Medicine
-Davin L. Phoenix, associate professor of political science, UCI School of Social Sciences

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