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Persuasion and politics

I’m talking about persuasion and politics in The Age of Consent on BBC Radio 4 tonight at 8pm.  If we think the authority of our governments depends in some sense on our consent, then what do we make of the manufacture of consent on the part of spin doctors and producers of fake news?  Was the US election really ‘free and fair’ if the voters were influenced by propaganda?  Is Brexit really the will of the British people if half truths swung the vote?  I have no idea, but it’s worth thinking about how democracy might be under new sorts of pressure as our powers of persuasion grow.


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The Value of Persuasion

Here’s a very short talk for the Brainwash Festival in Amsterdam.  There’s nothing like having no time and no notes to focus your brain — really cool festival though.


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InScience Talk on Persuasion

I just found this, a link to a talk I gave in Nijmegen about persuasion and politics.



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Persuasion at The School of Life

I’m doing a short course on persuasion at The School of Life.  Details here:

The Art of Persuasion

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Persuasion and selling a house

Here’s an interview with The Sunday Times about how the mechanisms of persuasion figure into selling houses: OK, You’ve Persuaded Me. It turns out that a grip on even a little of what’s out there in the world of persuasion could have big effects on both buyers and sellers.

Behind a paywall, unfortunately, but I do get called “the love child of Kirstie Allsopp and Derren Brown. Sort of.”  Which is nice.  I think.

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Persuaders in The Independent

An extract from a chapter on neuromarketing is here.

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Persuaders in The Sunday Times

The review is here, behind a paywall.  The reviewer isn’t entirely convinced by my take on how supermarkets manipulate us — but I’m won over anyway by his use of the word “jellifying”: the book is, he concludes, “a boisterous dissection of the forces jellifying our minds”.

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