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Date: 06/07/2017

Ref: I-143993
Date: 25/09/2017
JRC Annual Conference #EU4FACTS: Ignorance and the Community of Knowlegde, by Steven Sloman, cognitive scientist, Professor at the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences of Brown University
On 25 September 2017, Steven Sloman, cognitive scientist, Professor at the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences of Brown University, gave a lecture on Ignorance and the Community of Knowlegde, held at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, and organised by the Joint Research Centre (JRC). Steven Sloman argues that we survive and thrive despite our mental shortcomings because we live in a community of knowledge.The key to our intelligence lies in our connections to the people and things around us. We’re constantly drawing on information and expertise stored outside our heads: in our bodies, our environment, our possessions, and the community with which we interact—and usually we don’t even realise we are doing it. These findings have the potential to help us re-think the place of knowledge in policymaking and our democracy by responding to the incredibly complex political and societal challenges we face with communities of knowledge that are, as Professor Sloman says "the super-intelligence of the future".Organisations like the JRC are trying to draw on these ideas in practice in making better sense of the wealth of knowledge available for EU policymaking. Its recent drive to develop knowledge and competence centres that bring experts and policymakers together in real and virtual communities of practice and knowledge is an example of an attempt to build communities of knowledge.The event was be moderated by Simon Kuper, British author and sports columnist at the Financial Times.Simon Kuper has also been involved in a recent JRC research project on “big data, psycho-targeting and the future of democracy” on which two of his recent articles were based. The project investigated the extent to which psycho-targeted social media advertising was used as a tool of political influence, notably via social media, in political campaigns in 2016.It found that psychological influencing techniques are now heavily used in social media campaigns in combination with demographic targeting. However, psycho-targeting at the individual level is not (yet) common practice in political campaigns.The project was led by Ian Vollbracht, Deputy Head of Unit at the Joint Research Centre (JRC). He commented on whether these new communication methods could be used to develop Professor Sloman’s ideas and whether the shift towards audio-visual means of political communication via social media should encourage organisations such as the Commission to re-think the focus of its communication activities.

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