Experts & Expertise

Search experts

Which researcher or scientist are you looking for?

Also search for support staff

Search expertise

In which field are you looking for a researcher or scientist?

Your photograph

dr. S.A.M. Blancke

Assistant Professor 

Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences
Department of Philosophy


I study the diffusion of (pseudo-)scientific beliefs. On the one hand I focus on what makes humans susceptible to irrational beliefs. On the other I investigate how evolved human minds manage to develop and sustain complex scientific concepts and theories. 

I am also interested in cultural epidemiology and the philosophy of cultural evolution, the history and philosophy of science (and biology in particular), and the public understanding of science.


Principal publications

  • Scott-Phillips, Thom, Stefaan Blancke, and Christophe Heintz (2018) Four misunderstandings about cultural attraction. Evolutionary Anthropology 27: 163-172.
  • Rutten, Kris, Stefaan Blancke, and Ronald Soetaert (2018) Perspectives on science and culture. West Lafayette: Purdue University Press.
  • Blancke, Stefaan, Maarten Boudry, and Massimo Pigliucci (2017) Why do irrational beliefs mimic science? The cultural evolution of pseudoscience. Theoria 83 (1): 78-97. DOI: 10.1111/theo.12109
  • Boudry, Maarten, Stefaan Blancke, and Massimo Pigliucci (2015) What makes weird beliefs thrive? The epidemiology of pseudoscience. Philosophical Psychology 28 (8): 1177-1198. DOI: 10.1080/09515089.2014.971946.
  • Blancke, Stefaan, Frank Van Breusegem, Geert De Jaeger, Johan Braeckman, and Marc Van Montagu (2015) Fatal attraction: The intuitive appeal of GMO opposition. Trends in Plant Science 20 (7): 414-418. DOI: 10.1016/j.tplants.2015.03.011.

Click here for a list of publications in PDF format PDF

Click here for the list of publications in the Research Portal

My updates

Last amended: 25 October 2018