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Theme: Reasonable doubt

This event occurred on
March 12, 2015
7:30pm - 12:00am CET
(UTC +1hr)
Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen (nl)

Can we really trust our brain?

On March 12th we debunk a few myths about the brain. What’s the logic behind superstition? Do we use reason to make better decisions or simply to win arguments? Can we predict decisions by measuring brain activity? How do we make decisions when there’s a conflict between our own interests and those of our social circles?

We’ve invited a few great minds who have done intensive research on the (ir)rational mind, each from a different angle. TEDxGhent will give the floor to 4 speakers, followed by group discussions in attendance of the speakers.

So trust your instincts ;-) and join us on March 12th.

Miry Concertzaal
Biezekapelstraat 9
Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen (nl), 9000
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Carolyn Declerck

Carolyn Declerck is professor of Applied Economics at the university of Antwerp. She teaches psychology and conducts research towards cooperative and social decision making.

Hugo Mercier

Hugo Mercier is researcher at the 'Cognitive Science Center' of Neuchâtel University. The majority of his work is dedicated to the function and action of reasoning.

Michael Shermer

Michael Shermer is founder of the Skeptics Society and the editor-in-chief of Skeptic Magazine.

Pieter Buteneers

Pieter Buteneers is an expert in his domain. Working at the Ghent University 'Reservoir Lab', Pieter conducts his main research towards detecting epileptic seizures by using reservoir computing. Within his research domain, Pieter published some highly recommended papers and articles and is very well known for his work within his research community.

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Ghent, Belgium


Ghent, Belgium