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Wednesday, 23rd September, 7:30 pm

Online event: Are some born to be better and more civil public speakers?

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Exploring the formation of belief and how genes, traits and experiences shape our views, Dr Hannah Critchlow, broadcaster and neuroscientist at Cambridge University, examines the concept of free will and asks whether we can ever really change anyone else’s – or even our own – minds. She will be joined by Heidi Allen, Former MP for South Cambridgeshire, and Dr Paul Beresford-Hill, Chairman of the ESU of the US.

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‘Are some born to be better and more civil public speakers?’ Dr Hannah Critchlow, broadcaster and neuroscientist at Cambridge University, examines the concept of free will and asks whether we can ever really change anyone else’s – or even our own – minds.

Hannah explores the formation of belief and how genes, traits and experiences shape our views. Numerous scholars are now investigating how the different profiles of brains are associated with different ideologies. It is claimed that the brains of those with very conservative views have a much larger volume and a much more sensitive amygdala – the area of the brain that is involved in perceptions of fear. Those of more liberal inclination seem to have a greater weighting on the region of the brain that is engaged with future planning and more collaborative endeavour. Liberals look to the future and seem less sensitive to immediate threats. This leads to questions about how neuroscience might affect how we change our minds and go about winning an argument. The study has, therefore, key implications for those working on questions of civility, persuasiveness, and divisiveness in public discourse, suggesting that the way in which we build up perceptions of the world strengthens the way in which we ignore contrary views and evidence.

A discussion will follow led by our distinguished panel guests Heidi Allen, Former MP for South Cambridgeshire, and Dr Paul Beresford-Hill, Chairman of the ESU of the US.

Chaired by ESU Chair, Professor James Raven, the debate and Q&A session will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, 23 September at 7.30pm (BST).

Reserve your ticket here: https://civilpublicspeakers.eventbrite.co.uk

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 23rd September
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7:30 pm
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