Social media has made yelling past each other all the easier.
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Two concepts can help explain why society seems increasingly unable to agree on basic facts.
Which is it?
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A philosopher unpacks the ‘ethics of belief’ for an age awash in bad information.
Your zodiac sign – like Sagittarius, the archer – might be in the stars, but your future isn’t.
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Astrology and astronomy were once practiced side by side by scientists like Galileo and Kepler. And they’re more similar than you might think.
Trump’s supporters appreciate his strong opinons.
Those with strong beliefs tend to be admired.
Historically, Khoisan people from southern Africa were used as scientific subjects in racist experiments.
Modern western science must be stripped of the epistemological and methodological privileges it enjoys.
If you’re convinced Nessie’s real, would science unconvince you?
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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.
Through their commitments to, and dependence on, professional education and multidisciplinary research, universities have skin in the epistemic game.
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’s work is enjoying renewed interest and support.
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.
A sacred paperbark tree at Djiliwirri, the most sacred homeland of the Indigenous elder and public intellectual, Dr Joe Gumbula, in 2004.
Dr Joe Gumbula was a master-singer of Manikay, the exquisite Yolŋu tradition of public ceremonial song. While the songs contain incredible knowledge, scholars have rarely treated them as an intellectual tradition.
A statue of former Cape Colony governor Cecil Rhodes is removed from the University of Cape Town after student protests.
The process of decolonising research methodology is an ethical, ontological and political exercise rather than simply one of approach and ways of producing knowledge.
Asking whether machines can really understand us is meaningless.
How can you justify your knowledge? Epistemology has a few answers.
It’s not what you think you know, but how you can justify your knowledge that is most important.
For the decolonisation of knowledge to be successful, it must be driven by critical thinking.
Phrases like “knowledge production” conceal the fact that knowledge answers to something beyond itself and beyond us. To produce knowledge is to find out about something.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer and senior advisor Kellyanne Conway chat.
How do we determine what is fact? An archaeologist explains how the answer has changed over time and why it matters so much now.
There’s never been greater need for the study of what we don’t know, and why we’re not supposed to know it.
There is no spoon. At least, not the way you think there is.
The world around you might be an illusion and you’re really a brain in a vat connected to a supercomputer. Sounds preposterous? But can you prove it’s not true?