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Think Logically (10)

Positivist Thinking

In the 1920s and 30s, a group of philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians – most prominently Rudolf Carnap, Moritz Schlick, and Otto Neurath – began meeting on campus at the University of Vienna. This period was marked both by genuine crisis –...

The Haunting of r/wallstreetbets

In January 2021, members of the /r/wallstreetbets subreddit made the stock price of GameStop ($GME) soar. As the saga drew international attention, media outlets tried to explain why an online community was now in an open conflict with Wall Street...

Conspiracies on the Couch

One night in July 1895, Sigmund Freud – then an obscure Vienna neurologist interested in hypnosis and how sexuality was determined by nose-associated “biorhythms” – had a particularly consequential dream.

The dream revolved around a patient called...

Does Daytime TV Have a Misinformation Problem?

People with unusual and shocking opinions are a stalwart of daytime television talk shows. But there is a difference between platforming a conspiracy theorist as a credible source and featuring them as an object of light-hearted derision. For the...

Apocalypse Later

The final season of The Leftovers – HBO’s drama about a world adapting to the aftermath of a semi-apocalyptic event – opens with a montage separate from the show’s main narrative in the present day; we’re taken to a nineteenth-century American...