In a recent post, I critique the often nonsensical idea of “doing your own research.” You know, the person who says “Those professional biologists have some ideas about biological evolution but I have my own opinions about that!” Continue reading Critical Thinking
“Unlike the soldier, a scout’s goal isn’t to defend one side over the other. It’s to go out, survey the territory, and come back with as accurate a map as possible. Regardless of what they hope to be the case, above all, the scout wants to know what’s actually true.” Continue reading Summary of, “The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don’t”
The above is a humorous look at the mantra, “do your own research,” held by many anti-vaxxers, Q-Anoners, and conspiracy theorists of various stripes. Continue reading Should You Do Your Own Research?
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superb essay about the proliferation of conspiracy theories online was published at 3 Quarks Daily on
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Joseph Uscinski’s Conspiracy Theories: A Primer (Roman & Littlefield, 2019) is a helpful primer, providing, as Uscinski notes in the preface, not a complete picture of conspiracy theories, but a “complete enough picture.” Continue reading Summary of Uscinski’s, “On Conspiracy Theories: A Primer”