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Professor Brian Nosek, Director of the Center for Open Science and the founder of Project Implicit at the University of Virginia

Professor Cailin OConnor, Professor, Department of Logic and the Philosophy of Science at UC Irvine, and the author of The Misinformation Age

Moderated by Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman, Founding Director of Sinai and Synapses.

Wednesday, July 15, 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm Eastern.

Judaism has always celebrated the dynamic tension between the p’shat and the drash — the building blocks of our texts and how they are interpreted. Today, we see this dynamic play out in political perspectives, life experiences, and even sources of truth and information. Data doesn’t simply “speak for itself,” but rather gets filtered, changed, misinterpreted or even weaponized based on who’s hearing it, who’s sharing it, and who’s using it.

We want our policies, recommendations, sermons and teachings to be based on accurate data that will make a real positive impact on others, especially right now surrounding COVID-19 and racial justice. But we are the ones who interpret it. So how can we better integrate new and changing facts, as well as differing and challenging perspectives, as we teach, preach and connect with others — both on our sacred texts and the events of our own lives?

This webinar is presented by Sinai and Synapses, in consultation with the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion, and funded by the John Templeton Foundation. It is run in partnership with Clal – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the Rabbinical Assembly, and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association.

Once registered, we will send you a link on the morning of the webinar.


Professor Brian Nosek is co-Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Open Science that operates the Open Science Framework. He is also a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 2002. He co-founded Project Implicit a multi-university collaboration for research and education investigating implicit cognition–thoughts and feelings that occur outside of awareness or control. He investigates the gap between values and practices, such as when behavior is influenced by factors other than one’s intentions and goals. Research applications of this interest include implicit bias, decision-making, attitudes, ideology, morality, innovation, and barriers to change. He applies this interest to improve the alignment between personal and organizational values and practices. In 2015, he was named one of Nature‘s 10, and to the Chronicle for Higher Education Influence List.

Professor Cailin O’Connor is a philosopher of biology and behavioral sciences, philosopher of science, and evolutionary game theorist. She is Associate Professor in the Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science, and a member of the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Science, at UC Irvine. She is currently co-administering the NSF grant “Consensus, Democracy, and the Public Understanding of Science” with philosopher of physics James Owen Weatherall (previous NSF grant Social Dynamics and Diversity in Epistemic Communities). Their co-authored trade book The Misinformation Age was published with Yale University Press. Her monograph The Origins of Unfairness was published in July 2019 by Oxford University Press. Her book Games in the Philosophy of Biology was published in the CUP elements series in 2020.