Webinar: An Antidote to Fake News

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Date(s) - 01/17/2018
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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How can we cope with an era of fake news, information overload, and alternative facts? Join Tom Chatfield, a philosopher of technology and author of the new book Critical Thinking, and Mark Kingwell, a professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto, for a conversation on critical thinking, why it’s the most valuable skill people need today, and how to develop it. The hour-long webinar on January 17, 2018, is free, but preregistration is recommended to ensure one of the limited live spots during the event.

Both guests are prolific public intellectuals with a number of popular books to their credit. Chatfield, also a columnist for the BBC, has written six books exploring digital culture – most recently Live This Book!How to Thrive in the Digital Age and Netymology. Critical Thinking, his first book for SAGE Publishing, is also his first clearly pedagogical text. Kingwell, meanwhile, is a contributing editor of Harper’s Magazine and author or co-author of 18 books of political, cultural, and aesthetic theory, his most recent being the linked essay collections Unruly Voices and Measure Yourself Against the Earth, and a book about games and philosophy, Fail Better: Why Baseball Matters from this year.

Together, in “An Antidote to Fake News,” Chatfield and Kingwell will address what exactly is ‘critical thinking,’ why is logic no longer seen as integral to a university education, and how can we develop the skills needed to evaluate fact from opinion, articulate our own perspectives, and develop well-reasoned arguments and rebut poorly reasoned ones.

The webinar starts at 11 a.m. EST/4 p.m. GMT on Wednesday, January 17. To RSVP, visit here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6330391304787240962

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