Philosophy

The January 6th hearings demonstrate how to move forward when dialogue is impossible

For the first time since Donald Trump emerged on the scene, a national political conversation is excluding obviously malicious nonsense

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Low-quality pundits are getting rich telling people what they want to hear, inside the economics and psychology of how it works

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‘Decoding the Gurus’ co-host Matthew Browne on how the tools of acquiring knowledge are being used to destroy it


Democrats haven’t realized that you can’t defend democracy without explaining it

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To counter right-wing authoritarianism, the center-left must articulate a broad vision of a progressive society


Embracing uncertainty may be a better way to cure conspiracist thinking

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If there’s one thing the pandemic has taught us, labels can make the truth that much harder to find


America’s polarization is ultimately an epistemic problem

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Former libertarian writer and policy wonk Will Wilkinson discusses how many far-right Christians and secular libertarians have decided that facts are optional and evidence does not matter


Ghost stories tell us more about ourselves than the supernatural creatures they describe

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Resorting to the supernatural to explain the unexplainable is a failure of imagination


Want to ‘do your own research’ on vaccines or anything else? First realize what research actually means

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In order to credibly dispute the conclusions of experts, you have to be one yourself


Bad people who are Christians are still Christians, no matter how that makes other Christians feel

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If Christians want dialogue with people outside of the faith, they need to be willing to admit that even ‘true’ Christianity can sometimes get things wrong


Why critical thinking is the long-term cure for disinformation

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While combating specific false beliefs is important, in the long run, helping people learn to spot misinformation is the best way to counter it


In the abortion debate, don’t pretend that biology can answer the question of when humanity begins

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Science can observe the various phases of fetal development, but it cannot determine when human life begins


When evaluating anecdotes, remember that you are the easiest person you can fool

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Many people think that anecdotes are a sure-fire way of knowing what’s true, but anecdotes are infamously unreliable.


Chris Rufo’s critical race theory reporting is filled with errors, and he doesn’t seem to care

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A Republican activist has made himself into a conservative celebrity by attacking critical race theory, but his sloppy work shows he either doesn’t understand it or is actively lying


Charlie Kirk and Christian nationalist college team up for new propaganda campaign

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Conservatives believe that America was divinely created, and they want schools to teach this


Meritocracy is a harmful myth that encourages selfishness and indifference

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The belief that merit rather than luck determines success or failure in the world is demonstrably false


The trust paradox: We learn more when we trust more, even when we’re wrong

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It’s easy to see downsides of misplaced trust, it’s much more difficult to see how we could have benefited by believing in others


Some of us did not die: How I began learning to talk to grief

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Learning to confront loss is a critical part of our humanity, one that modern society often discourages


The myth of American exceptionalism is just as much a myth about ourselves

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I used to have both my father and America on a pedestal. My faith in both has been severely shaken, but I still have hope that it’s not too late for one of them.


Society is still judging women who have casual sex

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New research finds that regardless of their religious views, people are more likely to condemn women having casual sex than men


Have Trump Republicans lost their grip on reality, or are they just lying to pollsters?

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Surveys keep finding that GOP respondents believe falsehoods, but what if they’re just lying in support of the party?


In times of suffering, simply being there for someone can be the greatest gift

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As individuals, we often cannot resolve the pain of others. The value of empathetic companionship in such cases should not be underestimated.


Liz Cheney won’t be the last casualty of conservatism’s epistemic collapse

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The intellectual destruction of Christian fundamentalism has caused the American right to believe that truth is entirely the product of social power


 

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