This week, we discuss the five main philosophical theories of truth, the concept of post-truth, and how both play into political polls and journalism.
We also talk about demagoguery, emotions, and internet memes made tangible.
- Truth via the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
- Coherence Theory of Truth
- Correspondence Theory of Truth
- Consensus Theory of Truth
- Constructivist Epistemology
- Pragmatic Theory of Truth
- The Deflationary Theory of Truth via Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
- Pluralist Theories of Truth
- The post-truth world of the Trump administration is scarier than you think via The Washington Post
- We are witnessing the rise of authoritarianism on a chilling scale
- By the way: Authoritarianism (and a list of authoritarian governments supported by the US over the years)
- “There’s no such thing anymore, unfortunately, as facts.”
- Rodrigo Duterte, Jean-Marie Le Pen, Hugo Chávez, Evo Morales (and a quick update/summary of the Brexit)
- Strongman politics
- Political corruption & the Watergate scandal
- Donald Trump’s lying far more sinister than distortion of fact
- Relevant: Ethiopia’s State of Emergency & Authoritarianism
- Here’s a list of chess variations, by the way — none involve flipping the board, but there is such a thing as chess boxing
- Younger Americans Are Shunning Democracy (a bit of an overstatement, but…)
- By the way: Military rule can bring order, but not good results
- “I don’t like this election.”
- Clinton’s lead in the popular vote surpasses 2 million via Politico
- The many scandals of Donald Trump
- Nothing actually “went wrong” with the exit polls on election day
- What is probability and why do people struggle to understand it?
- A podcast listener’s guide to the 2016 election
- Tarot Cards: Are they really that ancient?
- Modern Journalism: In search of a business model
- Past episode on the topic of online business models: Click
- Respect for journalists’ contributions has fallen significantly in recent years via Pew
- The world is getting better. Why don’t we believe it?
- Demagogue (and a list of famous demagogues)
- Facebook and Google make lies look as pretty as truth via The Verge
- Free press in Turkey withers as Erdogan jails 120 journalists
- How journalism is turning emotional and what that might mean for the news
- As it spreads online and off, Pizzagate gets weirder and more dangerous, and saving the truth from the internet
- This is the best explanation of the culture and memes and internet-related background underpinning the whole Pizzagate thing (it’s a Reply All podcast episode)
- All the President’s Men, the book and the movie
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