Defending Truth: Justin Trudeau Edition

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In mid-December of 2021, a video about Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, did its rounds on the conspiracy Internet, and hundreds of thousands of tinfoil hat-wearing folks shared it without requiring additional information.  The video, a deceptively edited twenty-five-second snippet of a more extended interview, showed Justin Trudeau allegedly saying that his government was willing [...]

On Generational Conflict and Happiness

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On my daily worries about social issues, I happened upon the idea of generational conflict and happiness and how it affects the acceptance of misinformation, and therefore, social well-being. And while the current generation lacks accountability for their shortcomings, much of their failure is on their parents. What would Hitchens say about all the nonsense [...]

On Doubting Everything

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Doubting everything you hear or read isn't thinking critically; it's cynicism; it's as wrong as accepting everything you hear and read. Critical thinking is a complex process that (itself) requires a metacognitive commitment to thinking and all the mechanisms involved in forming ideas; it's thinking about thinking. Toxic Doubt By definition, critical thinking must be [...]