Many have now remarked on the dismissal of facts as important; the dismissal of rationality is only considered secondary and less important collateral damage. Putting aside the pervasive lack of interest in rationality, is the 'post-truth era' itself actually real, or is it just more 'fake news'? Sadly it seems not only real, but a genuinely new phenomenon, created by by the same technological forces that supposedly improved communication. And even more disturbing, the post-truth era could even be our last era, due to the total havoc it makes so much more possible.
Climate change, Russian election meddling, fake news, and impeachment have put philosophy on the front line in the 'the War on Truth.' The war was bleakly declared on TIME magazine's cover, the first without any image since the magazine's founding in 1923, signifying the war's seriousness in a rapidly evolving 'post truth era.' Philosophers in the USA did not make any direct public response to TIME's question, feeling enough had already been written on truth. Socrates still upheld the quest for truth as the most noble pursuit, and it continues to be the primary objective of philosophy to this day. Since the TIME cover, fake news has got much worse, and Trump has withdrawn the USA from the Paris Accord. This article explains how truth isn't dead, but it has rather given itself Hemlock poisoning, just as Socrates did after his political exile. Can formal logic resurrect truth from its deathbed?
If NASA had paid attention to current philosophical thinking on theories of naming and identity, it could have at least avoided a multimillion debacle, even if you feel international humiliation of American academia is not that important.
Non-Aristotelianism is the primary premise for a specialized field of study called General Semantics: a difficult subject to understand as it is totally different from almost everything else we ever learn. Aristotle wrote that a true definition gives the essence of the thing defined (in Greek, literally "the what it was to be"). This is such a core concept in almost all our understanding of the world, including science, mathematics and logic, that we have trouble recognizing how it hobbles our ability to perceive reality more accurately.
One in three of the people walking the streets in Washington DC could be lawyers now. Is there such a thing as too much justice? And perhaps more to the point: now that everyone talks like a lawyer, where's the jury?
I could start with a coffin-maker's nod to Prince, Queen, Adele, Neil Young, Aerosmith, and the Rolling Stones. They are also on the roster of those whom Trump has wished an earlier demise. But my own farewell has to start at Trump’s five-star hotel in Scotland, where hundreds of military personnel have been staying at triple normal rates, and at taxpayer expense.
Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA) is a way to affect social change without requiring the insurrection against society often pronounced as the only solution by gun advocates. This is an overview of the existential basis and an example of its success.
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