True or False? A Field Guide to Lies in the Information Age

  • Commonwealth Club 555 Post Street San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States

Dr. Daniel Levitin, Author, “A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age” 

Sarah Frier, Tech Reporter, Bloomberg—Moderator

“All I know is what’s on the Internet” - Donald Trump to “Meet the Press” as justification for his invalid claim that a protester at a recent Trump campaign event was associated with ISIS.

From 24-hour news coverage of the 2016 election to Facebook and Twitter newsfeeds, we’re all on information overload. Distortions, errors, lies, misinformation — how do we decide what to believe and act on? Award-winning neuroscientist and New York Times bestselling author Daniel J. Levitin, PhD, offers strategies and tools to decipher the flood of (mis)information in his newest book, A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age.

Join INFORUM to learn how to navigate the web of lies, determine just how valid your politically vocal friends are on Facebook, and find out if the creators of all those pretty pie charts and graphs are “lying weasels”, in the words of Dr. Levitin--just for starters.

INFORUM is pleased to partner with Minerva Schools, a new undergraduate institution where Dr. Levitin is currently the Dean of Social Sciences. Students from Minerva will be leading interactive components during and after the talk, so come prepared to get involved!