Prof. Nicolas Vermeulen - Threat and fear influence decision making (part 4)

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In the field of psychology it has long been know that fear can lead to biased decision making. In this talk prof. Nicolas Vermeulen of Université Catholigque de Louvain explains how this affects biased decision making and the polarization of society during the Covid-19 crisis.

This interview is part 4 of a report we made on the Lack of Scientific Freedom Conference in Copenhagen, oct. 24/25 2022. In this report you'll find impressions of the lectures and debates by scientists such as John Ioannidis, Peter Gøtzsche and Tom Jefferson, and interviews by Michaéla Schippers and Rico Brouwer with some of the presenters.

The lack of scientific freedom conference turned quintessential after we had filmed it. We received slander and defamation. Threats even, should we dare publish our report.

We decided to proceed on a path of transparency. In the introduction to this report we show you what happened to us, after we volunteered a preview of our report to the organisation of the event.

The reports is in six parts:
- introduction
- 1 preface and impressions of day one of the conference
- 2 interview with Harald Walach
- 3 interview with Kim Witczak
- 4 interview with Nicolas Vermeulen (this video)
- 5 reflections and impressions of day two of the conference
- 6 conclusions

Links to all parts can be found on

Intimidation does not solve the lack of scientific freedom, it exposes it. Our apologies to the audience and to the speakers who asked us to publish from their sessions. We refer you to the meeting organisers who also filmed at the event. We urge them to publish as transparently, as we had set out to do. ​Conflict amongst ourselves, only has losers. Let’s choose a different path.

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