You are cordially invited to the next TEDxTheHague salon! Our April edition — themed The Joy of Truth and Beauty — is curated by TEDxTheHague fan Geert-Jan Procee. Geert-Jan writes:
"We are very good at deluding ourselves and each other. Logical thinking is important if we hope to find something resembling truth. But doesn't that take the magic out of our lives?"
We'll explore this theme by watching and discussing the following videos:
Michael Shermer: Why people believe weird things
Why do people see the Virgin Mary on a cheese sandwich or hear demonic lyrics in "Stairway to Heaven"? Using video and music, skeptic Michael Shermer shows how we convince ourselves to believe — and overlook the facts.
The Beatles Teach Logical Fallacies
Logical thinking is hard work. We'll examine examples of logical fallacies from the Fab Four, including circular reasoning, faulty generalizations and slippery slopes.
James Geary, metaphorically speaking
Aphorism enthusiast and author James Geary waxes on a fascinating fixture of human language: the metaphor. Friend of scribes from Aristotle to Elvis, metaphor can subtly influence the decisions we make, Geary says.
RSVP if you want to attend
We hope this theme will resonate with you, awaken your curiosity and make you decide to attend TEDxTheHague. To stimulate conversation, we admit up to 20 guests. If you want to be put on our final guest list, please click here. First-come, first-served!.
We look forward to a stimulating evening filled with spirited conversation and new discoveries.
Don't miss it, till TEDx!
Yolanthe Smit & Ralph Oei