• How do we tell what is real and what is not?

    ASU Cooperation & Conflict Symposium 2019

  • Telling fact from fiction in the age of information

    A symposium taking place May 2, 2019
    ASU Tempe Campus, Psychology Library

    How do we tell what is real and what is not? In ASU’s 2nd Cooperation and Conflict Symposium, researchers from across ASU and around the world will come together to address the question of how we tell fact from fiction, and how the availability of huge amounts of information can both help and hinder our capacity to determine what is real. Distinguishing true information from deceptive information has been a problem since the origins of life, through the evolution of nervous systems and now in the age of social media and rapid information transfer through digital technology. The Cooperation and Conflict Symposium is part of the ASU Interdisciplinary Cooperation Initiative.

    To view the video recorded talks from the symposium, please click here.

  • Speakers

    Over the course of the day, each speaker will present a solution to the problem of telling fact from fiction in the age of information. Speakers in this symposium will address this issue from an intensely interdisciplinary perspective, drawing from information theory in physics, to signaling theory in evolutionary biology, to communication science and fake news.

    Sara Walker

    ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration

    Information is life

    Paul Davies

    ASU Beyond Center

    Is the universe a fake?

    Chris Adami

    Michigan State University, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics / Physics & Astronomy

    Information can’t be false

    Athena Aktipis

    ASU Department of Psychology

    Hide and go cheat

    Roger White

    ASU W. P. Carey School of Business

    Accounting for cheating

    Virginia Kwan

    ASU Department of Psychology

    What parts of the whole are fact and which are fiction?

    Carlo Maley

    ASU School of Life Sciences, Biodesign Institute

    Do cancer cells lie to the body?

    Jessica Brinkworth

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Anthropology

    The lies are coming from inside the cell: how pathogens manipulate the organelles that should destroy them

    Mike Angilletta

    ASU School of Life Sciences

    Everybody lies

    Jennifer Fewell

    ASU School of Life Sciences

    Fake news in ant colonies

    Ted Pavlic

    ASU School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering

    Can ants help us design decentralized systems for finding the truth?

    Joe Alcock

    University of New Mexico, Emergency Medicine

    The truth about your health: Improving medical decisions by facing the evolutionary reality

    Greg Bryant

    UCLA, Department of Communication

    The slippery concept of real in laughter and music performances

    Kristy Roschke

    ASU Journalism & Mass Communication

    Making media informative again

    Gregg Zachary

    ASU School for the Future of Innovation in Society

    From Useful Fictions to Socially-Constructed Facts: truth claims in time of uncertainty

    Ed Finn

    ASU Center for Science and the Imagination

    You can’t handle the truth

  • Discussants

    Discussants will provide comments throughout the day and be part of a moderated panel at the conclusion of the symposium.

    Jon Harrison

    ASU School of Life Sciences

    Stephanie Birdsall

    ASU Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics

    Polly Wiessner

    ASU School of Human Evolution and Social Change

    Bernard Kobes

    ASU Department of Philosophy

    Jason Robert

    ASU Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics

    Pamela Winfrey

    ASU Biodesign Institute and Department of Psychology

    Sarah Viren

    ASU Language & Cultures

    Steven Beschloss

    ASU Senior Director for Narrative Development

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