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Te Pūnaha Matatini Lecture: The ingredients of informed trust

Past Event
Weds 25 Oct, 6pm - 7.30pm
Auckland Museum Auditorium FREE

Professor in Educational Psychology, Rainer Bromme

What citizens (need to) know for coping with science experts.

Join Educational Psychology Professor Rainer Bromme of Muenster University, Germany for this talk on understanding science in our everyday lives. Many decisions in our lives are based on scientific information, especially information gathered from the Internet. It is easy to find information on all kinds of issues, but it is just as probable to find all kinds of misleading information. As a result, when looking for science based information in the Internet, citizens are confronted with the challenge of finding valid and relevant information for their purposes.

To make matters more challenging, within scientists’ own discourse many results and theories are discussed as tentative truth. Even for scientific findings where a majority of scientists agree (e.g., climate change), conclusions are continuously subject to debate. In the face of needing concrete answers and immediate problem solving, such challenges and debates may lead the public to question and discount the general veracity of science.

Professor Bromme will provide an overview on the public's trust in science, and about psychological research on peoples' capacities to make trust judgments. In the best case, such judgments are not based on gullible faith in ‘Science’, but rather rest on 'informed trust'. Such trust judgments are based on a general understanding of both sides of science as: a system of knowledge and methods for understanding the world and as a social institution for the production and distribution of such knowledge.

Professsor Bromme will present findings from his experimental research about these topics in this lecture co-presented by Te Pūnaha Matatini – ‘the meeting place of many faces’, a Centre of Research Excellence hosted by the University of Auckland and the Auckland Museum Institute.

Tickets are free but bookings are essential. Email to book tickets.

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