Why We Believe – Long After We Shouldn’t

Featuring: Carol Tavris



Carol Tavris explains how all of us—even skeptics—can easily fall prey to bias in order to deal with the uncomfortable feeling of dissonance when we are confronted with ideas which contradict what we believe—or need—to be true.

Carol Tavris is a social psychologist, writer, and lecturer who has sought to use the contributions of psychological science to dispel some of the harms of pseudoscience and “psychobabble.” Her book with Elliot Aronson, Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me), has become something of a, well, bible in the skeptical movement because it explains why people don’t change their minds, recognize the harms they inflict, or given up useless practices simply because the evidence says they should. The book has been translated into 13 languages and a revised edition was published last year.

This lecture took place at CSICon Las Vegas on Friday, October 28th, 2016.