Northwestern University

Thu 4:00 PM

Signal and Noise in Science with Dan Simons

When: Thursday, April 27, 2017
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM  

Where: Swift Hall, Room 107, 2029 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: One Book One Northwestern   847.467.2294

Group: One Book One Northwestern 2017-2018

Category: Lectures & Meetings


The primary purpose of science is the search for robust and consistent patterns in the noise. Yet, scientists are fallible, subject to the same biases, flawed intuitions, and statistical errors that affect everyday reasoning. Professor Daniel Simons (University of Illinois) will discuss how these reasoning errors have led to a reproducibility ‘crisis’ and how improved scientific practices can better filter the signal from the noise. His talk will be followed by a panel discussion among Prof. Simons and three Northwestern faculty: Jennifer Tackett, Blake McShane, and Eli Finkel.

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