How Do We Know? The Social Dimension of Knowledge: London Lectures 2019-20
Knowledge is often thought of as something that we each individually have: something inside our own minds. But our knowledge depends on other people’s testimony and expertise. And what we know depends on what our society makes it possible for us to know, either formally or informally, through social norms and practices that suppress some ideas and privilege others.
Why Humans Are Less Gullible Than We Think
Humans are often portrayed as gullible, but the evidence shows on the contrary that we are skilled at evaluating all sorts of messages, and that persuading people en masse is incredibly difficult.
Rape Myths: What They Are and What We Can Do About Them
Katharine Jenkins looks at the common misunderstandings about rape and sexual violence. How exactly do these myths work? And, more importantly, how can we get rid of them?
Don't Think For Yourself: Philosophy, Authority, and Belief In Medieval Cultures
In this talk Peter Adamson, Professor Late Ancient and Arabic Philosophy at LMU in Munich, shows how medieval philosophers debated the question of how, and whether, people should "think for themselves”.
The Promise And Pitfalls Of Online "Conversations"
In this talk Sandford C. Goldberg, Professor of Philosophy at Northwestern University, uses tools from philosophy in an attempt to illuminate what might be going wrong with online conversations.