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culture

Matrix

…assumptions about the essential characteristics or axioms of any system of explanation are specific (delimited) to that system of explanation…

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culture

Mask

…by “mask” we might mean that social aspect and external face we wear to present our self-cultivated image to the world…

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culture

Untruth

Belief has always been quite easily uncoupled from reality…

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culture

Truth and Falsity

The confusion, ambiguity and uncertainty concerning Truth and Falsity in the statements and assertions people and organisations make in the media and online in our shared information spaces is a natural, endemic part of cultural and organisational communications systems.

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culture

Facebook Tackles Fake News

Facebook provides an attempted technical solution in this opening salvo of the online Truth Wars…

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culture Psychology

Fake News

If you can not sufficiently defend your own actions and assertions in the public arena without resorting to infantile name-calling in lieu of constructing comprehensive, intelligent defence of your ideological assertions and political positions – you are probably not qualified for the job…

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culture

Alternate Facts: Fake Realities

Wow.  It didn’t take long for that to escalate.  “Post-truth” has now found itself instantiated as “alternate fact” in popular media discourse.  Trump’s press secretary did not (strictly speaking) lie, he expressed an “alternate fact”.  Not only have we gone beyond an investment in the integrity of at least partial credibility or claim to verifiable […]

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belief media technology

A Post-Truth Information Economy

At the heart of the cranks and gears which churn behind the pseudo-fact engines of collective post-truth confusion is a grand democratisation of self-expression (and self-promotion) which has itself been facilitated by the progressive ramping-up of the importance and influence of the internet and social media…

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belief culture ideology

There is more than one Truth

Truth is relative and contingent. In as much as we can ever stake claim on any notional Archimedean external point of rational certitude and observation, Facts are necessary and form the warp and weft upon which Truths may be woven. Political, ideological and falsifiable scientific Truths all possess histories which themselves derive from the Facts of our existence in the world…

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art culture Philosophy

“Truth” or Reality ?

Bruce Lee is interesting because, among other things, he saw the ways people bury the creative essence of a good idea in repetition and blind formality. To see things as they really are we perhaps need to see ourselves first, even if that means unravelling the tangles…

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ignorance media

Post-Truth: Ignorance is Not Strength

We have now graduated past “my ignorance is as good as your knowledge” and have entered a “post-truth” world where any witless assertion whatsoever might be interpreted as defensible fact.  There can surely now be no turning back.  There can be  no “peak post-truth” or “post-post-truth”. We appear to be inextricably trapped in an infinite […]