2019 Spring Ignorance in the Age of Information

January 22, 2019

Conference – Ignorance in the Age of Information

Conference – Ignorance in the Age of Information Five major scholars of social epistemology present and discuss work on the perils of the age of information, the nature of ignorance in a social context, and other problems with our contemporary epistemic environment. Register Today   Sven Bernecker is Humboldt Professor of Philosophy at the University […]

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Public Event – Rebecca Lemov

From Mass to Micro Persuasion in the Age of Big Data During World War II a small team of behavioral scientists undertook the Mass Persuasion study to trace the mechanisms by which Americans exposed to propaganda messages were compelled to change their normal behavior. Published in 1946, Robert K. Merton and his team laid out […]

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Public Event – Holly Lawford-Smith

What can we know about unorganized social groups? Public Deliberation, digital technologies, and ignorance Very recently, two petitions/letters circulated online. The first was called ‘#GWithTheT’ initiated by Anthony Watson, the lead LGBT advisor to the UK Labour Party. It was Watson’s attempt to create a version of #LWithTheT (lesbians with trans) for gay men (gay […]

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Public Event – Cal Biruk

Cooking Data: Culture and Politics in an African Research World   Oberlin anthropologist Cal Biruk comes to Scripps to explore the social worlds, transactions, and politics that emerge in and around research projects collecting health data in Malawi, and their implications for how we understand numbers and enumeration in global health and beyond. Cal Biruk […]

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Public Event- Andrew Marantz

The New Yorker’s Andrew Marantz in Conversation When it comes to parsing the rapidly changing online media landscape, readers look to Andrew Marantz. The New Yorker writer has explored the topic from a variety of angles, investigating social media trolls on college campuses, interrogating the delicate negotiations between free speech and contemporary online life, and […]

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Tuesday Noon- Sally Wen Mao

Sally Wen Mao‘s poetry collection Oculus is an eerie, yet powerful, exploration of technology. The 2017 Pushcart Prize winner deploys sharp wit and a speculative imagination to confront the spectacle of the internet, artificial intelligence, the past and the future, and the roles and representations that women of color endure in order to survive a culture that […]

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January 18, 2019

Public Event – Karen Douglas

The Psychology of Conspiracy Theories What psychological factors drive the popularity of conspiracy theories, that explain significant events and circumstances as secret plots by powerful and malevolent groups? What are the psychological consequences of adopting these theories?  In this talk, I will review research that attempts to answer these questions.  This research suggests that belief in conspiracy theories is driven by […]

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