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From fake mummies to artificial ancient artifacts, history has shown us—even recent history—that our will to believe the validity of things can hinder our ability to see the truth. Join us on Tuesday, November 19 for Debunking 101, an opportunity to learn strategies that combat the spread of misinformation today.


Debunking 101: How to spot fake (archaeology) news and what to do about it
Tuesday, November 19 | 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
UCI Student Center, Crystal Cove Auditorium
Free and open to the public




The event will be divided into three parts:


  1. Social Networks and the Spread of Misinformation: Cailin O’Connor, associate professor of logic and philosophy of science, will present research from her latest book The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs Spread.
  2. Pseudoarchaeology Case Studies: Darby Vickers, a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy, will present a series of pseudo-archaeology case studies. She will use these case studies as scaffolded exercises teaching strategies and tips for spotting false or distorted claims as well as evaluating sources.
  3. Call to Action – Stopping the Spread of Fake News: Vickers and O’Connor will share methods students can use to think through and challenge misinformation.


About the speakers:



Darby Vickers is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Philosophy who specializes in ancient philosophy and researches the intersection of epistemology, ethics and pedagogy/philosophy of education. Her dissertation focuses on the intersection between Plato’s epistemology and philosophy of education in the Republic and the Meno.



Cailin O’Connor is an associate professor in the Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science. Her research interests include a number of topics in philosophy of biology and the behavioral sciences, philosophy of science, and evolutionary game theory. She co-authored the trade book, The Misinformation Age (Yale University Press, 2019).