COVID-19

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Conspiracy Theories and Emotions in the Time of Coronavirus

We need to rethink our relation to the news; the common ways we acquire and share information is tapping into some of our worst impulses.
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The Bigger Problem with “COVID Conga Lines”

In this together? What can the rights and responsibilities of Dewey's public tell us about our current predicament?
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Expertise in the Time of COVID-19

Uncertainty, politicization, and the need for specialized knowledge all threaten our ability to competently weigh evidence and reasons. What can we do when we are in no position to judge?

The Moral Challenges of Opening Up Schools During the Pandemic

There may be no ideal one-size-fits-all solution for schools reopening, but that doesn't mean that all plans are equal.
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Considered Position: On Voluntary Non-Vaccination – Real World Complications

How might access to information change our obligation to the unvaccinated?
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Infodemics and Good Epistemic Hygiene

With the overwhelming amount of (mis)information circulating on social media, it becomes vitally important that all of us be working from the same set of facts.
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Is Now the Time for an Economics Code of Conduct?

In the absence of a substantial ethical code of conduct, it's difficult to assess the weight that economic recommendations should have in the realm of public policy.
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Anti-Maskers and the Dangers of Collective Endorsement

Anonymity in the online environment renders expertise obsolete. Do facts stand a chance?
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To My Fellow Students and Our Institutions:

Just as in the case of climate change, it seems we have a difficult time organizing to combat an unseen threat. Is education the answer?
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COVID-19 to Climate Change: Who Can Act?

The concerted effort required to overcome our current predicament is a proving ground for the battle that still awaits us.