A Dangerous Idea

On Monday 1 October, Dr Simon Laham was on Q & A on ABC tv.

The occasion? The Festival of Dangerous Ideas, which was held in Sydney 28 -30 September. Simon spoke at the festival about the “dangerous ideas” in his latest book, The Science of Sin (or The Joy of Sin, depending on where you are in the world).

There wasn’t (much) sinning on Q & A, but science featured more than usual, and with the other panellists being Jesse Bering, Jane Bussmann, Shiv Malik and Jianying Zha, the result was an entertaining and thought-provoking hour of television.

My favourite bit (around 41 min) is when Jesse says that “these fabricated studies where people, you know, drop their books in front of you and you don't help them pick up the books” are not exactly the “major sort of morally significant dilemma”. He makes the comment in response to Simon talking about the finding that people who read an article saying that “science has determined there is no such thing as free will” were subsequently more likely to cheat than those who had read “something inane”.

Watch (or read) the whole thing for yourself here!

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