Human Fallibilities, Persuasion and Ethical Entanglements

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Human Fallibilities, Persuasion and Ethical Entanglements

24 Aug 2023 @ 19:30 - 21:30 AEST

Balwyn Library Meeting Room, 336 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn, and on line

HV Public Presentation (hybrid)

Humanists rely on reason – often using scientific and empirical approaches – to understand and make sense of the world. However, we often think that we are being rational when in fact we are not.

This presentation by Dr Vince Giuca of Humanists Victoria will shed light on some factors that subject our judgments and decision-making to faulty thinking. Being aware of these shortcomings will help, but not eliminate our susceptibility to such faulty judgments and decision-making.

Until recently, Vince taught various post-graduate units at Monash University including human resources management, negotiations, managing conflict and organisational behaviour.

He will open the presentation asking whether we are as rational as we think we are. He will discuss how ‘mental shortcuts’ can lead us to defective reasoning before considering how various persuasion principles can be applied to influence thinking and behavioural outcomes of individuals. This will be followed by consideration of some ethical implications when applying such persuasion principles.

If you can’t come to the Library, please register for the event on line at


24 Aug 2023
19:30 - 21:30 AEST
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Balwyn Library Meeting Room and Zoom
336 Whitehorse Road
Balwyn, VIC Australia
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