Video and Discussion – Mental Immune Collapse: Mind-Parasites & Roots of Mass Irrationality

Facilitated by Alex Havasy

11 a.m., July 25, 2021

At this Sunday’s Humanist Forum, Alex Havasy will show part of an hour and 20 minute video entitled “Mental Immune Collapse: Mind-Parasites and the Roots of Mass Irrationality – AHA Center for Education” (see Alex will then lead a discussion of the video.

Here is the description of the video:

Why are ideologies poisoning public discourse? Why is extremism on the rise? How did we get here, and what can we do about it?

It turns out some influential assumptions are suppressing our culture’s “immune response” to dangerous ideas. These assumptions prevent us from normalizing critical thinking, and leave us vulnerable to epidemics of unreason. In this video, philosopher Andy Norman will identify the root cause of mass irrationality, and argue that we can inoculate minds against unhinged thinking.

Andy Norman studies how ideologies short-circuit minds and corrupt moral understanding. Then he develops tools that help people reason together in more fruitful ways. In his book Mental Immunity, he lays out the conceptual foundations of cognitive immunology—the emerging science of mental immune health. He’s currently testing a “mind vaccine”—a way to inoculate minds against infectious ideas. Andy directs the Humanism Initiative at Carnegie Mellon University.


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