Myth vs. Reality in the Scottish Independence Referendum campaign

Event Name Myth vs. Reality in the Scottish Independence Referendum campaign
Start Date 10th Nov 2014 4:30pm
End Date 10th Nov 2014 7:00pm
Duration 2 hours and 30 minutes

According to Mark Twain's much repeated dictum, "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics". The 2014 Annual Lecture will grapple with the problem of wilful or unintended misuse and misrepresentation of statistics in the media and in popular understanding.

This is nowhere more evident than during political elections and referenda, where data are enthusiastically twisted and distorted by campaigners, leading to myths that can rapidly take on a life of their own.  Leading researchers on voting patterns and the statistics of political opinions will speak on the use of data and political myths in the recent Scottish Independence Referendum campaign. The event will be hosted by scientist Dr Emily Grossman who will reflect on the role of statistics and quantitative analysis in society.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Emily Grossman (chair). Emily is a expert in cell biology and genetics and regular guest on Sky One's "Duck Quacks Don't Echo" hosted by comedian Lee Mack.
  • Professor Charles Pattie, Sheffield University, on 'Misrepresentations and Misinterpretations of Political Voting Analysis.'
  • Professor John Curtice, Strathclyde University, on 'Do Scots really think differently to the English?'

This event is free to attend but as places are limited you must register in advance to ensure your place via the registration form. The lecture will be followed by a wine reception.

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