Cognitive shortcuts help you efficiently move through a complicated world. But they come with an unwelcome side effect: Facts aren't necessarily enough to change your mind.
We know that pigs or dogs will never understand prime numbers. Some philosophers think that concepts like consciousness are similarly inaccessible to humans.
A recent article in The Atlantic called for a "new science of progress" - this is dangerous and ignores the academic study of the history of human development.
Some people argue the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence, you just need to keep looking. But there are occasions where finding no evidence is all you can do.
Conducting research and contributing to knowledge creation might be the only way for academics to sustain their jobs.
In the past few decades, there's been more critique of global knowledge inequalities and the global North's dominance.
Science is not the absolute truth. Scientific findings are the beginning, not the end, of the quest for truth.
Research suggests people intuitively draw a distinction between what is known and what is believed. Recognizing the difference can help in ideological disagreements.
Globally, the scholarly publishing system is in dire need of financial and legislative change.
Madrasas, or Islam-centered schools, have long spread knowledge and literacy throughout the Muslim world. However, can they prepare students for today's tech-based economies?
If you're committed to a belief, it's hard to let go. Psychology and philosophy provide different ways to think about how skeptics respond to counterevidence.
Writing groups provide a space where the "rules of the game" of academia become clear.
Our minds are wired to anticipate what's coming next – and fill in the gaps when we don’t have all the information.
It’s time to (do more than) talk about knowledge. Universities must take leadership in helping develop students capacity to recognise different kinds of knowledge and work flexibly.
Amos Tutuola has contributed significantly to the resilience of ways of life and worldviews that could easily have disappeared under the weight of colonialism, globalisation and the market economy.
If access to information online becomes more difficult, then it will be the communities on the fringes that lose out.
Khanya College's curriculum was quite different from the one taught at other universities of the time. Its students studied oral African literature and history alongside Western literature.
Society needs more research that is both excellent and useful. We can achieve this by shifting the academic culture toward research that is Highly Integrative Basic and Responsive (HIBAR).
The process of decolonising research methodology is an ethical, ontological and political exercise rather than simply one of approach and ways of producing knowledge.
It's not what you think you know, but how you can justify your knowledge that is most important.