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Skepsis in Poznan

Skepsis. Critical thinking VS xenophobia

Skepsis. Critical thinking VS xenophobia is a local project in Poznan led by volunteers. During this initiative, we will improve the critical thinking skills and media literacy of our participants through delivering a dozen activities and workshops for people of different ages and backgrounds. These activities will be organised in Poznan – in local schools, at the universities, as well as in public spaces. Our events are addressed to the residents of Poznan city – both from Poland as well as foreigners. Experts together with local and international volunteers will conduct workshops in 3 languages – Polish, English and Russian to involve non-Polish speakers as well. Within this project, we want to create an exhibition in Poznan on the topic of critical thinking from materials created by participants.

We are supported by the European Solidarity Corps.

Our project team consists of several enthusiastic volunteers: Krzysiek Woltynski, Agnieszka Zielinska, Ania Wisniewska, Bohdan Pozniak, Dariana Hlava, Joanna Szwaba, Kasia Balcer, Marta Jagodzinska, Marko Boyko, Kateryna Kazakova, Anna Shlyakhova.

What do we want to achieve?

In this local project, we aim to address fake news, disinformation, and subjective information. These problems are intensifying the issue of xenophobia and discrimination, which may negatively influence our local, international communities in Poznan. During our “learning by doing” workshops and activities, we will show how misinformation can affect our perception of foreigners. We will also teach how to recognise false and subjective information. Our local team is international; thus, our participants will be able to meet and communicate with people from different countries.

Czym jest nasz lokalny projekt Skepsis w Poznaniu?

Skepsis. Critical thinking VS xenophobia to lokalny projekt w Poznaniu prowadzony przez wolontariuszy. Podczas tej inicjatywy, mamy na celu poprawę zdolności krytycznego myślenia i interpretacji mediów wśród naszych uczestników poprzez przeprowadzenie kilkunastu zajęć i warsztatów dla osób z różnych grup wiekowych i wywodzących się z różnych środowisk. Te zajęcia będą organizowane w Poznaniu – w lokalnych szkołach, na uniwersytetach, a także w przestrzeni publicznej takiej jak w lokalnych parkach czy w Inkubatorze Kultury „Pireus.” Nasze wydarzenia są adresowane do mieszkańców Poznania – zarówno z Polski, jak i obcokrajowców. Specjalnie do tego przygotowani eksperci wraz z lokalnymi i międzynarodowymi wolontariuszami będą przeprowadzać warsztaty w 3 językach – Polskim, Angielskim i Rosyjskim po to, by zaangażować jak największą grupę odbiorców. W ramach tego projektu chcemy stworzyć wystawę na temat krytycznego myślenia z materiałów stworzonych przez uczestników.

Jesteśmy wspierani przez European Solidarity Corps.

Zespół naszego projektu składa się z kilku entuzjastycznych wolontariuszy: Krzysiek Woltynski, Agnieszka Zielinska, Ania Wisniewska, Bohdan Pozniak, Dariana Hlava, Joanna Szwaba, Kasia Balcer, Marta Jagodzinska, Marko Boyko, Kateryna Kazakova, Anna Shlyakhova.

Co chcemy osiągnąć?

W tym lokalnym projekcie mamy na celu zajęcie się problemem fake newsów, dezinformacji i subiektywnych treści. Te problemy zwiększają ksenofobię i dyskryminację, co może negatywnie wpłynąć na naszą lokalną, międzynarodową społeczność w Poznaniu. Podczas naszych warsztatów w formie „learning by doing” pokażemy, jak dezinformacje mogą wpłynąć na nasze postrzeganie obcokrajowców. Nauczymy naszych uczestników, jak rozpoznać nieprawdziwe i subiektywne informacje. Nasz lokalny zespół jest międzynarodowy, przez co uczestnicy będą mogli poznać i komunikować się z ludźmi z innych krajów.

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Project team

Agnieszka Zielinska

Kasia Balcer

Magda Strzala

Marko Boyko

Ania Wisniewska

Krzysztof Woltynski

Krzysztof Woltynski

Marta Zasadowska

Kateryna Kazakova

Bohdan Pozniak

Kostas Karfakis

Polina Mykhailichenko

Anna Shlyakhova

Dariana Hlava

Loredana Adomnitei

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Gather ordinary people and ask them to discuss a plan to build a nuclear power plant and bicycle parking for its workers. Which of the plans do you think will be discussed longer? 🧐

Of course, nuclear electric… bicycle parking! 💪

This is the law of triviality, or the bike-shed effect. People often give disproportionate importance to simple and unimportant questions, avoiding difficult ones.

This can often be seen in social networks, parent chats, at work meetings or in the conversation of your residential school. Everyone very superficially discusses really important issues, but some insignificant details and events - carefully and with joy 🤦‍♂️

The thing is that it is easy and pleasant for us to discuss simple and understandable topics, but we really don't want to spend resources on complex ones. And it is much easier to form an opinion on a minor issue than on the construction of a power plant 🤷‍♀️

And where did you come across the effect of the bicycle shed?
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Gather ordinary people and ask them to discuss a plan to build a nuclear power plant and bicycle parking for its workers. Which of the plans do you think will be discussed longer? 🧐

Of course, nuclear electric… bicycle parking! 💪

This is the law of triviality, or the bike-shed effect. People often give disproportionate importance to simple and unimportant questions, avoiding difficult ones.

This can often be seen in social networks, parent chats, at work meetings or in the conversation of your residential school. Everyone very superficially discusses really important issues, but some insignificant details and events - carefully and with joy 🤦‍♂️

The thing is that it is easy and pleasant for us to discuss simple and understandable topics, but we really dont want to spend resources on complex ones. And it is much easier to form an opinion on a minor issue than on the construction of a power plant 🤷‍♀️

And where did you come across the effect of the bicycle shed?

Gather ordinary people and ask them to discuss a plan to build a nuclear power plant and bicycle parking for its workers. Which of the plans do you think will be discussed longer? 🧐

Of course, nuclear electric… bicycle parking! 💪

This is the law of triviality, or the bike-shed effect. People often give disproportionate importance to simple and unimportant questions, avoiding difficult ones.

This can often be seen in social networks, parent chats, at work meetings or in the conversation of your residential school. Everyone very superficially discusses really important issues, but some insignificant details and events - carefully and with joy 🤦‍♂️

The thing is that it is easy and pleasant for us to discuss simple and understandable topics, but we really don't want to spend resources on complex ones. And it is much easier to form an opinion on a minor issue than on the construction of a power plant 🤷‍♀️

And where did you come across the effect of the bicycle shed?
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🤖 Should we be afraid of Artificial Intelligence?
We are here for you to tell some stories about it. 

You've probably seen such horror movies 👇🏼
•AI will soon destroy humanity.
•AI will leave everyone without work.
•AI will take over all communications and the Internet.

Yes, someone called us that it will happen tomorrow 🤪

But seriously, it is worth looking at AI not only from a negative point of view. We cannot stop the development of technologies at the moment, and why should we?

We have to learn to live with what we already have and get the most out of it. And you definitely don't need to be afraid 🙂
🔹 Have you ever used Google translator or Grammarly or LanguageTool? And this is AI.
🔹 Or maybe your phone has a face recognition system - that's AI.
🔹 And after all, you use Google search every day, and it works on the basis of what? That's right, also artificial intelligence.
And in medicine, there are very successful examples of how AI recognizes diseases that humans could not recognize.

❗️ And no, it's not shameful. It helps us to make our life easier and more productive.
Yes, there are some downsides to AI that can be scary.
But it would be more correct to formulate it differently. Negative consequences of human use of AI. [It would be fair to deal with what people do 😏].

📸 For example, creating fake videos and images that can be used to manipulate or mislead. Have you seen the Pope in a supposed jacket from Balenciaga? Yes, for a second we also believed that the photo was real, but then it turned out that it was not.

That is why we have all gathered here. Let's learn to use technology correctly and for its intended purpose. Because there is no getting away from them.
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Is it true that myopia can be cured with exercise?

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At the same time, eye exercises will not harm you. You can do it if it makes you feel better.

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