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Making Sense of Bad Beliefs

An essay in Aeon tackles a tough but urgent question: Do people have the right to believe whatever they want?

By Nathan Pippenger

Facebook’s Shallow Understanding of “Community”

Mark Zuckerberg offers unconvincing reassurance to the journalists his website is weakening.

By Nathan Pippenger

There Are Two Ways of Thinking About the "Crisis of Democracy" Debate

The basic difference in perspectives at the heart of this discussion.

By Nathan Pippenger

The Kids' Crusade

Will a generation accustomed to instantaneous results keep up the fight for gun control?

By Kevin Mattson

Zuck, Murdoch, and Crisis of Epistemic Breakdown

Worried about American institutions? Don't expect a chastened, post-2016 Facebook to come to the rescue.

By Nathan Pippenger