Richard Foster-Fletcher, Executive Chair,

Professor Alex Edmans, Professor of Finance at London Business School and Mercers’ School Memorial Emeritus Professor of Business at Gresham College

Guest Bio:
Professor Alex Edmans is renowned for his work on finance and misinformation. With a significant following from his TED talk “What to Trust in a Post-Truth World” and presentations at forums like Davos and Google, he brings critical insights into the impacts of misinformation in various sectors. His book “Grow the Pie” and his recent works delve into the complexities of misinformation in finance, politics, and health.

Episode Overview:
In this compelling episode, Professor Alex Edmans joins Richard Foster-Fletcher to unravel the intricate web of misinformation and bias that influences public opinion and decision-making in today’s society. Their discussion pivots on the subtle yet profound ways misinformation permeates various aspects of daily life and decision-making, from social media interactions to academic research.

Key Topics of Discussion:

  1. The nature and impact of cognitive shortcuts and how they contribute to the spread of misinformation.
  2. Challenges in distinguishing credible information from misleading data in the digital age.
  3. The role of biases in shaping public perceptions and opinions, particularly in the realms of social media and academic publishing.
  4. Strategies to foster critical thinking and discernment in evaluating information.
  5. The ethical responsibilities of researchers, corporations, and media in reporting and disseminating information.

Key ‘Takeaway’ Ideas:

  1. The importance of understanding the underlying biases and structures that facilitate misinformation.
  2. Effective strategies for individuals and communities to cultivate a more discerning and questioning approach to information consumption.
  3. The critical role of education in empowering individuals to navigate the complexities of misinformation and bias in a post-truth era.

This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in understanding the dynamics of misinformation and seeking ways to foster a more informed and discerning society.

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