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Distinguishing Reality from Vacuum

2018-05-28T09:13:26+00:00May 27th, 2018|Categories: As-If, News, Truth, Uncategorized|Tags: |

Throughout the twentieth century, writers and thinkers who faced reality-destroying regimes kept producing similar recipes. “Live not by lies,” the Russian dissident novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote. The Czech dissident playwright and future President Václav Havel pondered the predicament of living, unquestioningly, “inside the lie”—and the uncanny power of stepping outside of it. In our case, stepping

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The Psychology Of Fake News

2018-03-29T04:27:56+00:00March 28th, 2018|Categories: Media, News, Uncategorized|Tags: , |

In a paper published in March in the journal Science, David Lazer, Matthew Baum and 14 co-authors consider what we do and don't know about the science of fake news. They define fake news as "fabricated information that mimics news media content in form but not in organizational process or intent," and they go on to discuss problems

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Dereliction of Duty?

2018-03-07T08:15:30+00:00March 7th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Uncategorized|Tags: |

After President Trump fired former Army general Michael Flynn as national security adviser in February 2017, hope reigned that his replacement, Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, would bring order and professionalism to the vital office that Flynn—who has since pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his activities as national security adviser designate—had abused. To generate

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Trump Pulls Back the Curtain

2018-03-04T07:20:41+00:00March 4th, 2018|Categories: News, Uncategorized|Tags: |

WASHINGTON — The chief executive sits at a long wooden table, putting his invited guests on the spot to defend their positions, occasionally needling them with biting comments, often shocking them with blunt talk — all for a rapt television audience. The tableau was a routine occurrence on President Trump’s reality show, “The Apprentice,” punctuated

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If you hate bad body odor, you’re more likely to support Trump

2018-02-28T10:28:18+00:00February 28th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

A person’s response to badly-smelling body odours is linked to whether they hold right-wing authoritarian views, and can predict if they like President Trump — Read on

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