Being a skeptic is not just about correcting others and protesting for science, it is a daily and very personal thing. Professor Troy Campbell looks beyond “the issues” at the rich beautiful existence of being a skeptic. Skepticism is an orientation toward the world, where you just keep asking more questions and looking for more detail. And that orientation makes you a better and more successful person. Professor Campbell talks about how he is skeptic everyday an academic, a creative at Disney Imagineering and Netflix Insights, as well as when interacting with strangers and just planning dinner parties. In a skeptical existence, he says one sees more of existence, because you are constantly asking what else is there. And yes, he says, some non skeptics may perceive that their life is ‘full’ but we know that those people have seen only a few drops of reality. He will close will a call show the world that skepticism isn’t here to critique them but offer them a better and fuller existence on a society but also a personal level.
Troy Campbell is an assistant professor of marketing at the University of Oregon, a design psychologist, and a former Disney Imagineer. He develops psychological theories to design better ways to overcome bias, create great experiences, improve well-being, and communicate ideas, stories, and science.
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This talk took place at the CSICon 2019 in Las Vegas on October 18, 2019.