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Why Twitter is (Epistemically) Better Than Facebook

Posted on 11 January 2021 by Natalie Alana Ashton

Online Environments Social media has the potential to expand our epistemic horizons, connecting us with a wider range of people and more information and analysis than ever before. But it comes with epistemic pitfalls, too. Too much exposure to alternative viewpoints can be overwhelming and lead to bad epistemic outcomes. Think of the most common
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The Lies They Tell Us: Facing Up to the UK’s Ignorance of Racial Oppression

Posted on 28 December 2020 by Paul Giladi

In May 2019, I travelled to UWE Bristol, to speak at the Critical Theory and Feminism Conference. Having arrived a day before I was scheduled to give my paper, I decided to take advantage of the time on my hands to explore the city – not least because it was my first time in Bristol.
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Not so Ignorant After All: Metaknowledge Matters More than Knowledge

Posted on 14 December 2020 by Neil Levy

In one way or another, democracies put political power in the hands of the people.  A perennial worry about democracy, voiced almost as soon as it was invented, is that it places power in the hands of the ignorant. To some extent, this worry reflects an elitist condescension, but there isn’t much doubt that most
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Is JK Rowling transphobic?

Posted on 30 November 2020 by Julian Baggini

Is JK Rowling transphobic? According to many transgender activists and their supporters, including Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and Eddie Redmayne she is. The LGBTQ+ organisation GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) has said that the author “continues to align herself with an ideology which wilfully distorts facts about gender
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