Who is the expert?

In the two previous posts, I’ve examined various aspects of our epistemic networks, namely, testimony, attention, trust, and conformity. What I have not considered, however, is whether all epistemic agents are the same, or if some might be more qualified than others. In this post, I focus on expertise, and ask, when it comes toContinue reading “Who is the expert?”

Conformity and information cascade

Conformity refers to the tendency to align one’s own attitudes, beliefs, and behaviours, to those around oneself. It is most commonly understood as trying to “fit in” with a group, as a response to social pressure, or to be perceived as “normal”. This phenomenon has been well documented by psychologists since the mid-20th century, andContinue reading “Conformity and information cascade”

Natural? necessary? normal? nice? misinformation concerning the consumption of non-human animals

There is an abundance of misinformation, from a variety of sources, that influences how we think about non-human animals. Here, i consider misinformation in this context, through three categories – (1) Individuals/Consumers, (2) Corporations/Organisations, and (3) Media. As will become apparent, these categories overlap and interact with one another. Aside from a basic consideration ofContinue reading “Natural? necessary? normal? nice? misinformation concerning the consumption of non-human animals”

What is misinformation?

Misinformation refers, in the broadest sense, to false information. This term is used in a variety of contexts, sometimes interchangeably with other similar terms, such as disinformation or propaganda, or with buzzwords like fake-news, which can result in confusion about this topic. In their 2018 book, Network Propaganda: Manipulation, Disinformation, and Radicalization in American Politics,Continue reading “What is misinformation?”

A (very) brief overview of animal ethics and an argument for ethical veganism

The field of animal ethics considers our interaction, in the broadest sense of the term, with non-human animals. It interrogates the moral consideration we extend to them, examines our relations with them, and provides guidance on the moral permissibility of our interactions with them. An increasing number of moral philosophers, from a range of theoreticalContinue reading “A (very) brief overview of animal ethics and an argument for ethical veganism”