Posts in Alternative & Real Facts
#50: Of Heroes and (Epistemological) Hostages

José and Danielle discuss conspiracy theories. Why is it that some, otherwise rational, people get hooked into crazy conspiracy theories like the anti-vax or flat earth movements? José suggests that perhaps it’s because they’re tired of feeling like alienated sheep and want to start feeling like heroes in their own lives—and, he adds, we are all susceptible to this pitfall.

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#38: Does the truth matter? Did it ever?

Danielle and José wonder if the truth matters. Why do we (including your hosts!) often believe things in the face of contrary evidence? What separates us from those who endanger themselves (and the world) by refusing to acknowledge the truth, and acting out of what they want to be true. After considering how enmeshed our beliefs, desires, and wills are, they turn to some practical solutions for saving ourselves (and the world) from this danger.

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#15: All News is Fake News

In this episode, Danielle and José talk about how to think about truth in the era of fake news. With new technologies that have the ability to literally change what we see and hear through audio and video manipulation, how do we know our beliefs are justified? How can we ever have real knowledge? Is it possible to change someone’s mind about the truth through critical thinking and reasoning or do we have to appeal to emotions and values? Is all news actually fake news?

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#8: Where is the Pain?

Danielle and José talk about perception and meditation. Danielle claims that meditation is the key to seeing, feeling, and perceiving the world in a radically new way. Can meditation change the brain so much that we can cease to feel pain? Where is sensation: in the nerves or in the mind’s response? And what happens if, indeed, we do have responsibility for how we interpret sense data?

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