Lisa Bortolotti (University of Birmingham), Quassim Cassam (University of Warwick), Cailin O'Connor (University of California, Irvine), Cailin O'Connor (University of California, Irvine), Quassim Cassam (University of Warwick), Lisa Bortolotti (University of Birmingham)

January 26, 2021, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

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  • Royal Institute of Philosophy
  • British Society for the Philosophy of Science


London School of Economics

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Information may be power, but misinformation appears to be usurping the throne. From COVID-19 to QAnon, misinformation is more ubiquitous and more dangerous than ever. But why is it so much more attractive to so many? Are there factors that make misinformation more (or less) likely to be believed? What draws people into the world of conspiracy theories? And if our media environment shoulders much of the blame, can democratic societies do anything to stem the flow of fake news? Lisa Bortolotti, Quassim Cassam, and Cailin O'Connor consider the world's misinformation problem, its causes, and some potential solutions.


  • Lisa Bortolotti, Professor of Philosophy, University of Birmingham
  • Quassim Cassam, Professor of Philosophy, University of Warwick
  • Cailin O'Connor, Associate Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science, University of California, Irvine


  • Jonathan Birch, Fellow, Forum for Philosophy & Associate Professor of Philosophy, LSE


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