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 Date and Time:Tuesday,

 January 21,  5:30pm-7:00pm   

Location: Mackinac Hall B1-112                                                                                                                                                                                                      


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GVSU Philosophy Club

 Academic Year 2019-2020

Zach Tenney, President 

Andrew Spear, Philosophy Faculty Member


DATE: TUESDAY, January 21st, from 5:30 - 7:00 P.M.


DESCRIPTION: Confabulation occurs when a subject sincerely tells a plausible but ill-grounded story about why they hold a certain belief or made a certain choice. Typically, the story is not only plausible though ill-grounded, but also serves some particular emotional or psychological need of the subject (telling this story rather than another does something for them). We’ll discuss the topic of confabulation, and consider what role it might play in so-called “conspiracy theories”, which seem also to be ill-grounded if not completely implausible stories about particular events that serve a psychological (or political?) interest in the people who believe them. There’s a short suggested reading below, but come either way. All students are welcome, and no special philosophy background is required. We hope to see you at the meeting!   


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The Philosophy Club is a student organization dedicated to exploring philosophy and philosopher-related topics. No prior studies in philosophy are necessary to attend, and all students are welcome!