26 minutes | Jun 20, 2021

93 - Jonathan Rauch - In Defence of Truth [Public Limited Version]

For more on Jonathan: https://www.brookings.edu/experts/jonathan-rauch/ You can preorder The Constitution of Knowledge: A Defense of Truth (2021) from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Constitution-Knowledge-Jonathan-Rauch-author/dp/0815738862 Other books: The Outnation: Search for the Soul of Japan (1992); Kindly Inquisitors: The New Attacks on Free Thought (1993); Demosclerosis: The Silent Killer of American Government (1994); Government's End: Why Washington Stopped Working (1999); Denial: My 25 Years Without a Soul (2003); Gay Marriage: Why It Is Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for America (2004); Political Realism: How Hacks, Machines, Big Money, and Back-Room Deals Can Strengthen American Democracy (2015); The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50 (2018). Follow Jonathan on Twitter @jon_rauch Further References Jonathan Haidt, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion (2013) Matt McManus, The Rise of Post-Modern Conservatism: Neoliberalism, Post-Modern Culture, and Reactionary Politics (2020) The Spiral of Silence A Theory of Public Opinion (weebly.com): https://msp1021.weebly.com/uploads/1/1/8/4/11840812/noelle-neumann-1974-journal_of_communication.pdf "Culture and Identity-Protective Cognition: Explaining the White Male E" by Dan M. Kahan: https://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/fss_papers/101/ Timestamps 01:26 Knowledge is a social phenomenon, the social network of liberal science 15:58 Compromise as a spur to creativity 18:58 Fallibilism vs. scepticism 23:11 Trolling and cancel culture: two kinds of manipulation used to spoof consensus 30:02 The spiral of silence 35:10 How social media tools are ideally suited for manipulation of the information environment 36:52 The importance of subjecting all views to criticism and following that process wherever it leads. 39:01 Conservatives and liberals: parallel epistemic communities 44:27 Reality-based journalism is less lucrative 46:26 Identity-protective cognition 48:21 They’re not ten feet tall—we are: ways of combating disinformation.
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