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The Fight Against Russian Disinformation

2018-07-28T06:26:06+00:00July 24th, 2018|Categories: Truth, Uncategorized|

The future of our democratic societies will depend on how well we navigate Russian disinformation and future threats of disinformation on the internet. via The Fight Against Russian Disinformation — Forbes Real Time

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Doubting The Discourse

2018-06-23T16:36:48+00:00June 20th, 2018|Categories: As-If, Uncategorized|

The intentional fallacy, the author-function, the death of the author, the winking but desperate anxieties of postmodernism: That’s where we are now, in our discourse. We doubt each other by reflex. We doubt each other, in some ways, by design. Source: The Humans of The New York Times

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FEED THE MACHINE

2018-06-17T17:06:54+00:00June 17th, 2018|Categories: News, Truth, Uncategorized|

Newsweek and the race to fill Google with suicide news www.theverge.com/2018/6/12/17448816/newsweek-anthony-bourdain-seo-headlines-suicide-contagion

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Truth, Lies, and Literature

2018-06-18T04:09:39+00:00June 17th, 2018|Categories: As-If, Book, Culture|

Cultural Comment Truth, Lies, and Literature By Salman Rushdie May 31, 2018 The breakdown in the old agreements about reality is now the most significant reality, and the world can perhaps best be explained in terms of conflicting and often incompatible narratives. “What, art thou mad? Art thou mad?” Falstaff demands of Prince Hal, in Shakespeare’s “Henry

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Do Our Questions Create the World?

2018-06-10T03:56:15+00:00June 9th, 2018|Categories: As-If, Uncategorized|

Quantum theorist John Wheeler’s “it from bit” hypothesis anticipated ongoing speculation that consciousness is fundamental to reality -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com Source: Do Our Questions Create the World?

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What Advertising History Says About the Future of Fake News

2018-05-27T08:15:07+00:00May 27th, 2018|Categories: A Category, As-If, Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Fake news and microtargeting can be combined to create a kind of advertising that’s like an evil version of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and we are being exposed to more of these pernicious morsels every year. But two lessons from the history of advertising suggest that the fake news phenomenon is likely to change significantly

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Distinguishing Reality from Vacuum

2018-05-28T09:13:26+00:00May 27th, 2018|Categories: As-If, News, Truth, Uncategorized|Tags: |

Throughout the twentieth century, writers and thinkers who faced reality-destroying regimes kept producing similar recipes. “Live not by lies,” the Russian dissident novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote. The Czech dissident playwright and future President Václav Havel pondered the predicament of living, unquestioningly, “inside the lie”—and the uncanny power of stepping outside of it. In our case, stepping

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Our brains rapidly and automatically process opinions we agree with as if they are facts

2018-05-28T05:00:05+00:00April 20th, 2018|Categories: As-If, Uncategorized|

The researchers said their findings "may help explain people's remarkable ability to remain entrenched in their convictions". By Christian Jarrett — Read on digest.bps.org.uk/2018/04/20/our-brains-rapidly-and-automatically-process-opinions-we-agree-with-as-if-they-are-facts/

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Talking about post-truth

2018-05-28T05:02:07+00:00April 2nd, 2018|Categories: As-If, Uncategorized|

As I write this and as you read it, and indeed for several million years into the future, there will be a dummy named Starman in a red Tesla cruising through outer space, playing an infinite loop of David Bowie’s Space Oddity. This achievement of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket carries multiple mean... Source: What we

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