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London School of Economics & Political Science
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London WC2A 2AE


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Forum for European Philosophy

FEPThe Forum is an educational charity which organises and runs a full and varied programme of philosophy and interdisciplinary events in the UK. Our events take various forms but we studiously avoid academic papers. Formats we like include dialogues, panel discussions, public lectures and provocations, all of which are open to the public and most of which are free.   



The Forum Summer 2015 Programme| is now online.

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Evolutionary Benefits of False Beliefs?

Tuesday 5 May, 6.30 – 8pm
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE   

Dominic Johnson|, Alastair Buchan Professor of International Relations, University of Oxford 
Ryan McKay|, Reader in Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London  

Chair: Tali Sharot|, Director of the Affective Brain Lab and Reader in the Department of Experimental Psychology, UCL and Forum for European Philosophy Fellow  

The human mind produces countless biases, illusions and predictable errors. Are such false beliefs adaptive? Had they evolved for a reason? From overconfidence to the illusion of control, the speakers will argue that false beliefs can provide the individual with an advantage in domains ranging from war and politics to health and finance. But how do such beliefs affect us as a society? 

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEbeliefs


Autumn 2014 - Spring 2015

Philosophy, the Public and Other Subjects|

Speaker: Professor Simon Glendinning
Recorded on: 10 February 2015

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On Informed Consent|

Speakers: Professor Baroness O’Neill, Professor Jonathan Wolff
Recorded on: 9 February 2015

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On Truth|

Speakers: Professor Simon BlackburnProfessor Pascal Engel 
Recorded on: 2 February 2015

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What Is Rationality, Anyway?|

Speaker: Dr Peter Dennis
Recorded on: 13 January 2015

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Questions of Identity|

Speakers: Professor Vincent Descombes, Alan Montefiore
Recorded on: 11 December 2014

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Accelerate Europe: the geographical imaginaries of accelerationism|

Speaker: Dr Benjamin Noys
Recorded on: 4 December 2014

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Ethics Matters in Climate Change|

Speaker: Professor John Broome
Recorded on: 1 December 2014

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On Progress and Human Development|

Speakers: Professor Paul Anand, Catherine Audard, Professor Jonathan Wolff
Recorded on: 27 November 2014

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Ethics Matters in the Family|

Speaker: Professor Adam Swift
Recorded on: 13 November 2014

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Food Policy: ethics for your kitchen and beyond|

Speakers: Professor Luc Bovens, Elena Rivilla Lutterkort, Duncan Williamson
Recorded on: 4 November 2014

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Do We Need to Shake Up the Social Sciences?|

Speakers: Professor Nicholas Christakis, Professor Patrick Dunleavy,
Dr Amanda Goodall, Professor Andrew Oswald
Recorded on: 21 October 2014

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Rationality and Irrationality in Government|

Speaker: Professor Cass Sunstein
In conversation with: Dr Tali Sharot
Recorded on: 16 October 2014

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For more podcasts go to Past Events|