Monday’s Mtg: How Do We Know Which Facts Are True?

just a short intro post from me this week.  But, that doesn’t mean Monday’s topic is not…well, the topic of everything.  How do we determine which facts are true?  What is a fact, anyway?  And, who gets to say?

This one is Dean’s idea.  Dean has advanced degrees in philosophy, so I’m looking forward to his take on “epistemology.” the study of how we determine what is true and what is not.   In our discussion, we can apply the principles to politics, religion, or anything we want.  Given that large percentages of Americans believe in some pretty weird things, and that our country seems to be dividing into warring camps of conservative/liberal, religious/non, and so, forth, I think it will  be a pretty lively debate.

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Next Week – Are Americans becoming too dependent on government (a major, major, conservative belief!)


2 responses

  1. Sorry to miss the discussion this week.

    I have a couple of related web page links regarding nefarious agents, like the NSA, that can disrupt forum discussions with misinformation and other dirty tricks. There appear to be people embedded into online communities who’ve been trained in these “black arts” to repurpose or disrupt online organizing and activity.

    The Gentleperson’s Guide To Forum Spies (
    The Art of Deception: Training for a New Generation of Online Covert Operations (

    It goes without saying: never accept anything at face value, understand what the source gains from their contributions, and look at a wide array of sources for information.

  2. Amen. I think Murdoch was paying people to comment on websites to make Fox look good. Also, I think one study estimated that 1/3 of the changes made to Wiki articles about particular companies originated with the companies themselves. Lots of fakery.

    BTW, happy belated birthday!

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