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Ignorance in the Age of Information

Information is more accessible to more people than ever. Yet, one of the central concerns in the public consciousness today is that we seem especially susceptible to deceit and manipulation via our sources of information, including both the internet in its various forms and more traditional news media. This year, the Humanities Institute will focus on this concern, regarding both content (like “fake news” and other misinformation), and form (like the “echo chamber” or “filter bubble” of social media news feeds). What is the problem, exactly, and how is it new or especially worrying for our society? What facilitates it, technological factors or social and political ones? How has our current epistemic environment affected our ability to think together and trust each other? Will this situation feed (and will it change) our tendency to see conspiracies, or hope where there is none, or will it lead to greater and more evolved critical reasoning?

Speakers and Events

February 6, 2019
6:00pm

Hampton Room
Malott Commons
Scripps College

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The Psychology of Conspiracy Theories

Public Event

Karen Douglas

(Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Kent)

February 12, 2019
12:15pm-1:15pm

Hampton Room
Malott Commons
Scripps College

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@Noon: Poet Sally Wen Mao

Tuesday Noon Event

 

February 19, 2019
6:00pm

Balch Auditorium
Scripps College

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The New Yorker’s Andrew Marantz in Conversation

Public Event

Andrew Marantz

(The New Yorker)

March 27, 2019
5:45pm

Hampton Room
Scripps College

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Public Event

Cooking Data: Culture and Politics in an African Research World

Cal Biruk

(Professor of Anthropology, Oberlin College)

March 30, 2019
9am-6pm

Hampton Room
Scripps College

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Public Event

Conference - Ignorance in the Age of Information

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Sven Bernecker is Humboldt Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cologne and Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Irvine.

Quassim Cassam is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick.

Jennifer Lackey is the Wayne and Elizabeth Jones Professor of Philosophy at Northwestern University.

Regina Rini is the Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Moral and Social Cognition at York University

Jason Stanley is the Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University.

 

 

April 3, 2019
6:00pm

Humanities Auditorium
Scripps College

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What can we know about unorganized social groups?
Public Deliberation, digital technologies, and ignorance

Holly Lawford-Smith

(Political philosopher)

April 25, 2019
6:00pm

Hampton Room
Scripps College

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Public Event

From Mass to Micro Persuasion in the Age of Big Data

Rebecca Lemov

(Professor of History of Science, Harvard University)