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?
Our current predicament requires that we reassess the way we understand ourselves, or lives, and our relation to this world.
A number of Congress members stand accused of insider trading and disaster profiteering, but do we have the tools to hold them accountable?
For a public comprised of outsiders, choosing sides when authorities' recommendations are at odds requires a bit of strategy.
Given the suffering the pandemic will cause the poor and the uninsured, the wealth disparity may be an issue of national security.
Do news outlets have a responsibility to relay White House briefings in full or has analysis and commentary become essential to communicating the facts?
When it comes to government benefits (like the COVID-19 relief package) what does a fair distribution look like?
Prisons are a hotbed for spreading infectious disease, and we've changed policies to accommodate this fact. But these changes should also make us reconsider how they function in normal circumstances.
What principles can we lean on when making weighing need against prognosis? How should uncertainty and scarcity of resources change our decision-making?
With just one news story occupying so much of our attention, we become more susceptible to manipulation.