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Have we lost the idea of a critical friend?

Posted on 27 July 2020 by Kristján Kristjánsson

I sometimes wonder, in the age of online and offline echochambers and Facebook friendship bubbles, whether we have lost the ancient idea of a critical friend. I am as guilty here as anyone. I mercilessly unfriend people on Facebook whose views I find abhorrent (or even mildly disturbing), rather than engaging with them critically. There
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‘Not people like us’: the epistemic objectification of the UK’s most vulnerable and why the pandemic is unlikely to change this treatment

Posted on 13 July 2020 by Leonie Smith

Poverty and human rights abuses in the UK: fear and compassion “I wash in what I call a birdbath – a little hot water in a basin and have a spruce down. To keep warm I wrap up in layers and layers. I never thought I would be 48 and in this position” (Sharon Morton,
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#YouShouldBelieveHer

Posted on 29 June 2020 by Mona Simion

We believe what other people tell us. I trust that you are on the way to the mall if you tell me you are on the way to the mall; I believe that the price of oil has gone down because I heard it on the news. In the summer I will go hiking in
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The epistemic predicament of the conspiracy theorist

Posted on 15 June 2020 by Tommaso Piazza

A group of international public health scientists has recently published a statement in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet about the origins of the Sars-CoV-2 virus, the pathogen responsible for the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. In their statement, they report that on the basis of the publication and analysis of its genomes, scientists from
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