Humanities on the Edge Lecture Series, Lee McIntyre

Oct 25 2018 - 5:30pm

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About this event
Who: Lee McIntyre, Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy and Science of History at Boston University When: Thursday, October 25, 5:30-7:00 PM Where: Sheldon Museum of Art in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln City Campus What: "Post-Truth in the Internet Age" The phenomenon of “post-truth” has been defined by the Oxford Dictionaries as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” As such, it is part of – or perhaps the culmination of – a campaign of fact and truth denial that has been going on in Western democracies for the last several decades. On scientific topics such as evolution and climate change, the forces of ideology, cognitive bias, media confusion, and financial interest have conspired to spread disinformation and legitimize doubt about even the most well-settled factual questions. As technology improves – and we suddenly face questions over the authenticity of even the most convincing audio-visual resources – we must find a way to challenge the idea that truth has no meaning outside a partisan political context.
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