(EF26) AMA-EF7: The Impossibility of Honest Politicians and Protecting Our Kids from The Most Insidious Fake News — Ask Me Anything for Episode EF7PLAY | DOWNLOAD It's Edward's job to bestow the black magic of verbal and written manipulation on the businessman to win the election. Where the tongue is quicker than the mind—and the pen sharp enough to cut—are these skills a well-respected art? Or are they just cheap mental tricks wielded by insincere charlatans? More...
EPISODE EF26 SUMMARY
Spoiler alert: You’re about to listen to an Ask Me Anything (AMA) of Episode EF7, which was Season 1, Episode 5 of the Evolve Faster Podcast titled All Aboard the Sleight of Mind: The Black Magic of Rhetoric. The driving question of this episode (and this AMA) for you to think through is … can we trust reason? It’s a fascinating question that actually has surprisingly little research or philosophical investigation.
As a reminder about Episode EF7: Edward, a marketing master and spokesperson for the dark arts of rhetoric and propaganda, is hired to educate a controversial businessman running for an important public office. It’s Edward’s job to bestow the black magic of verbal and written manipulation on the businessman to win the election. Where the tongue is quicker than the mind—and the pen sharp enough to cut—are these skills a well-respected art? Or are they just cheap mental tricks wielded by insincere charlatans?
The fifth episode of the first season of the Evolve Faster Podcast Episode is driven by the big question Can we trust reason. Fake news can look very reasonable, especially when packed with numbers and percentages. If our reason is fake and new are fake, does that mean we’re becoming fake as well?
To peek behind the curtain of Episode EF7, we’ll dissect the following submitted questions:
- Is this really what happens in politics?
- Are there any honest politicians anymore?
- Does just knowing about conformism help you to not allow it to happen?
- What do we do about the problem of fake news?
- Was there fake news before the Internet?
- If rhetoric was once honorable, what happened?
- Is this really what happens in politics? Are elections really won more on misdirection and fallacy than on a platform of truth, say, in the USA?
- Who can I trust?
- Who is most at risk and how can I help keep my kids away from shit like this?
- And more…
Can We Trust Reason?
The big question driving Episode EF7 is … Can we trust reason? In an online world now overcome with fake news, reason and rational thinking would seem to be an obvious bet for an antidote. But how many times did you find yourself in a situation where your reasoning was unreasonable to somebody else? Does this mean it’s not a consistent tool we can trust in all situations? Or are there other skills you need to develop in your critical thinking toolbelt in order to fight fire with rhetorical fire?
So you shouldn’t discard reason as a reliable tool in your existential arsenal, but it’s prudent to give it a regular and proper maintenance job ever. Reason didn’t create us but the other way around. So when’s the last time humanity created something that’s 100% perfect? Following reason blindly is same as blindly following emotions — and it gets even worse when these two are mixed up.
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