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Symposium seeks answers to getting it wrong


Sacramento State’s Philosophy Department’s Nammour Symposium will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, April 26-27, in the Hinde Auditorium in the University Union.

The Symposium’s theme, “On Being Wrong,” is an inquiry into the psychological and social factors that impede the search for truth. When do we do it? Why do we do it? Why is it so hard to acknowledge our mistakes, when denying them is so much more costly?

April 26 presentations, 10 a.m to noon:

  • “The Scourge of Misinformation in American Politics,” Kim Nalder, Department of Government, Sacramento State
  • “Knowing My Own Mind,” Matt McCormick, Department of Philosophy, Sacramento State
  • “You Have No Idea How Wrong You Are,” Garret Merriam, Department of Philosophy, Sacramento State

April 27 schedule, 1 to 3 p.m:

  • “Beyond Right and Wrong: Managing Wicked Public Problems,” David E. Booher, Center for Collaborative Policy, Sacramento State
  • “The Right to be Wrong: Religion, Parenting, and Pediatrics,” Gregory Bock, Department of Philosophy, Walters State Community College, Morristown, Tenn.
  • “Being Wrong about Being Right,” Jeremy Garrett, Children’s Mercy Bioethics Center, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.

There will also be a student panel on the concept of forgiveness, composed of winners of a student essay competition.  For more information, visit, which includes abstracts from all participants.  For media assistance, contact Public Affairs at (916) 278-6156.