Judy J. Johnson: What's So Wrong With Being Absolutely Right

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Judy J. Johnson: What's So Wrong With Being Absolutely Right

Time: February 7, 2011 from 7:30pm to 9pm
Location: Bianca Room, Mac Hall University of Calgary
Street: 2500 University Drive NW
City/Town: Calgary Alberta
Website or Map: http://www.eventbrite.com/eve…
Event Type: speaking
Organized By: Gord Cummings
Latest Activity: Jan 24, 2011

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The Centre For Inquiry of Calgary is pleased to bring author and Professor of Psychology, Judy Johnson to the University of Calgary for a presentation on her most recent book, What's So Wrong With Being Absolutely Right: The Dangerous Nature of Dogmatic Belief.

In an incisive analysis of an increasingly pervasive problem, Dr. Johnson presents a landmark theory that probes the psychological channels of
dogmatism. While other others describe the effects of specific types of ideological extremism, a wide-angle theory of dogmatism—in all its manifestations—has been lacking until now.

Drawing from traditional and contemporary personality theories, biopsychology, social learning theory, Buddhism, and evolutionary psychology, Johnson explores major influences that shape the personality trait of dogmatism. She identifies twelve characteristics of dogmatism, and suggests strategies for minimizing its harmful effects in our personal lives as well as our educational, political, and other social institutions.

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