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Grounded and ungrounded conspiracy theories

I want to introduce a distinction between grounded and ungrounded conspiracy theories, only the former of which deserves the name “theory.” This is an important distinction because it allows us to articulate dangers and potential sources of exploitation without veering into the speculative.  For an example, that it is dangerous for humans to communicate solely… Continue reading Grounded and ungrounded conspiracy theories

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A plea for depoliticization

After thinking on this much over the past few days and weeks, I want to suggest that depoliticization of the truth itself is something worth pursuing. This is because we live in an era in which alternative “facts” can be dredged up for any debate. Take the issue of Coronavirus. Do we believe that there… Continue reading A plea for depoliticization