Critical Thinking

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Can a Mathematical Model Spot a Liar?

Besides our own critical faculties, is there a mathematical model that could help us unravel disinformation? Dorje C. Brody suggests there may be.

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Finding Fault with Faux Facts

No matter how exquisite the details, it is important to separate fact from folklore – which should not require cross examination.

2 years ago
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What I Have Learned from Social Science

I’ve spent my adult life in and around social science. Academically through studying psychology and linguistics (alongside philosophy), professionally through […]

2 years ago
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Venn diagram of confirmation bias

Confirmation Bias Is a Helluva Drug

We expect to see confirmation bias play an active role in the politics, where there is a satisfying emotional payoff from assuming the worst of the other side. We do not expect the same phenomenon among highly educated professionals, especially in their seemingly well researched publications. And yet …

2 years ago
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The Case For Democracy In The Covid 19 Pandemic

The author of a new book on the response to the coronavirus tries first to understand how apparently sane people could think it made sense to implement damaging policies, and secondly asks how the public might ensure that such a disastrous episode can never happen again.

2 years ago
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