CIRCE has convened a panel of experts and given them an audacious charge: work out how to protect minds from the worst forms of cognitive contagion.
Our blue-ribbon panel is hard at work on a powerful set of tools for inoculating willing minds. Stay tuned!
Researchers have made a startling discovery: the mind has an immune system all its own. This system combats infectious information the same way the body combats infectious microbes—by manufacturing antibodies. We experience those mental antibodies as questions and doubts. This discovery could not come at a better time—we need to fortify mental immune systems against the infectious nonsense that even now circulates freely on the web. The findings of cognitive immunology light the path to a world where manipulative messaging no longer divides peaceful societies against themselves.
CIRCE has assembled a panel of the world’s leading experts in information epidemiology, cognitive immunology, and the science of mind-inoculation. This team is working to produce a useful guide to mental immune health, focusing on simple, actionable strategies for disrupting the transmission of bad information. Once completed, CIRCE will promote the release of the guide to create broad awareness of these powerful new tools.
Chair of Cognitive Psychology at the School of Psychological Science, University of Bristol
Professor Social Psychology at Cambridge University
Founder of Thinking Is Power, Associate Professor of Biology at Massasoit Community College
Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University
Author of Mental Immunity; Executive Director of CIRCE
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences and Anthropology at Binghamton University; Co-founder of the Evolution Institute and Prosocial World
Leading mind-inoculation researcher at Monash University
Lecturer, Annenberg Undergraduate Program, University of Pennsylvania; Visiting Scholar, Center for Media at Risk; Co-Founder and Director, First Draft News
Philosopher of Science at Ghent University
Executive Director of Street Epistemology International
Founder of Smart Politics
Professor Emeritus at Minnesota State University Mankato
Lecturer in Cultural History, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Lead of the Brain Capital Alliance and co-lead of the OECD-Prodeo Institute's neuroscience-inspired policy initiative.
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