Monday, October 5, 2020
Misinformation is rampant. Cailin O’Connor, associate professor of logic and philosophy of science at the University of California, Irvine, will address how the social aspects of human learning contribute to what some are calling an "infodemic." Aspects of how humans decide who to trust, and who to conform with, crucially contribute to patterns of information sharing and enable propagandists in both politics and industry to use these facts about human relationships to influence public belief and public behavior.
Cailin O’Connor is a philosopher of science and applied mathematician specializing in models of social interaction. She is an associate professor of logic and philosophy of science and a member of the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Science at the University of California, Irvine. O’Connor’s specialties include the philosophy of science, game theory and evolutionary game theory, and agent based modeling.
She is co-administering the NSF Grant Consensus, Democracy, and the Public Understanding of Science. Her book "The Misinformation Age," co-authored with James Owen Weatherall, was published in 2019 with Yale Press, and her book "The Origins of Unfairness" was also published in 2019 with Oxford University Press.
Professor O'Connor's Athenaeum's presentation is co-sponsored with funding from the Open Academy at CMC.