Mick Davies

Wednesday, February 21 2018 at 7:30PM

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Mick Davies

What's the talk about?

Mick Davies has an interest in conspiracy theories and in particular ideas being explored based on recent research in Cambridge into the effect of the internet on their propagation.  He'll consider the conditions for their fermentation and offer some explanations of how the internet has transformed the reproductivity and survivability of conspiracy theories.  If time permits he'll conclude by considering one of the last great battles for truth before the arrival of advanced social media, the libel trial of holocaust denier David Irving and wonders how different it might have been if rerun after the great explosion of YouTube.

Mick is a social scientist with particular interest in global education and teaches and tutors education postgrads part time at Cambridge.  His active research is in the field of education -  addressing approaches to critical thinking and its application to language learning in Asian countries.  He also brings students over to Cambridge from overseas universities, mostly from Japan, to undertake short courses.  He remains joyfully and buoyantly sceptical despite the efforts of many to convert him to a different viewpoint.