Skepticism and Critical Thinking in the 21st Century

Part of: Digital Reactionaries

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In light of growing anti-intellectualism, we are faced with a daunting prospect: a world where facts matter less than popularity, and where certainty threatens to replace truth. We are entering what some scholars refer to as a "post-truth age" and it is happening at a perilous time. From political instability and economic uncertainty, to climate catastrophe and the ever-present threat of a global pandemic, we need expertise and verifiable, empirical facts more than ever to serve as the foundation for good decision making. How can we push back against the rise of "post-truth" politics or a "post-truth" society?

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Continuing Studies statement on use of educational technology

This course will require the use of Zoom and may use other education technology such as internet-based applications, cloud services, or social media. In order to complete this course you will be required to either consent to the disclosure of your personal information outside of Canada to enable use of these technologies, or work with the Division of Continuing Studies to explore other privacy protective options (such as using an alias or nickname).