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Self-Protection, Your Brain, and Bigfoot by TTW Contributor Troy Swanson 1


I did a presentation today for a speech class that is part of our honors program. They are doing deep research into a range of topics. The faculty member asked me to do a session for them about bias and approaching new topics. It was a fun session, so I thought I’d share my slides. Naturally, this session ended with a conversation about the Illuminati, which, I guess, comes with the territory (not a part of the slides below).

Self-Protection: Your Brain, Experience, & Bigfoot

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Troy A. Swanson is Department Chair and Teaching & Learning Librarian at Moraine Valley Community College. He is the co-editor of the upcoming book from ACRL, Not Just Where to Click: Teaching Students How to Think About Information. You can follow him on Twitter at @t_swanson.


One thought on “Self-Protection, Your Brain, and Bigfoot by TTW Contributor Troy Swanson

  • Troy Swanson

    Bigfoot is an answer waiting for evidence. Some unexplained event happens in the forest, and Bigfoot is a ready-made explanation. This functions the same way that beliefs function. They are an understanding about the world ready to be used for interpretation.

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