A famous thought experiment from the 1970s is more relevant today than ever before. by Jonny Thomson Philosopher Robert Nozick asked if we would rather live in the real world or inside a virtual reality machine of never-ending pleasure. Frederich Nietzsche asked if truth is really the greatest virtue. People seem to be hard-wired to want the truth, no matter how brutal or unpleasant. The year is 2045, and an eccentric billionaire has revealed to the world an incredible new invention. It’s called the “experience machine,” and it’s an utterly immersive virtual reality device. It provides multi-sensory stimulation with such … Continue reading Will virtual reality be the death of truth?
Two philosophers of science diagnose our age of fake news. BY BRIAN GALLAGHER & KEVIN BERGER Ican’t see them. Therefore they’re not real.” From which century was this quote drawn? Not a medieval one. The utterance emerged in February 2019 from Fox & Friends presenter Pete Hegseth, who was referring to … germs. The former Princeton University undergraduate and Afghanistan counterinsurgency instructor said, to the mirth of his co-hosts, that he hadn’t washed his hands in a decade. Naturally this germ of misinformation went viral on social media. The next day, as serendipity would have it, the authors of The Misinformation Age: How … Continue reading Why Misinformation Is About Who You Trust, Not What You Think