drawing ever closer and Radleians uncertain about the fate of the United Kingdom, the Politics Department
kindly organised the visit of Professor Rob Johns from the Department of Government, University of Essex,
some light on the matter in
the Coffee Shop, on Wednesday May 25th.
began the talk by predicting that the UK would vote to stay in the EU;
throughout his talk he justified his theory with detailed facts and figures.
Professor Johns had even placed a bet on the UK remaining in the EU.
his talk he spoke about the Scottish Referendum, online polls, wisdom of
crowds: all of which supported his predictions as to the result. He also
touched on the subject of risk taking and fear and how it would play out into the hands of the Europhiles’ advantage. Professor
Johns conducted an interactive experiment on the basis of ‘Prospect Theory’ and
asked the audience to vote on a choice between the certainty of being given £10 and a fifty per
cent chance of £25. He then explained that people do not like taking the risk
to get the £25, or in this case, the risk of exiting the EU.
plethora of questions at the end highlighted just how interesting and thought-provoking
everybody found the talk.
to all involved in organising such a relevant and in depth talk on one of the many hot topics of debate at
James Gosling and Tom Whitbread, A Social 6.1