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Bubbles and Chambers: Post-Truth and Belief Formation in Digital Social-Epistemic Environments

Badino, Massimiliano (2022) Bubbles and Chambers: Post-Truth and Belief Formation in Digital Social-Epistemic Environments. [Preprint]

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Abstract

It is often claimed that epistemic bubbles and echo chambers foster post-truth by filtering our access to information and manipulating our epistemic attitude. In this paper, I try to add a further level of analysis by adding the issue of belief formation. Building on cognitive psychology work, I argue for a dual-system theory according to which beliefs derive from a default system and a critical system. One produces beliefs in a quasi-automatic, effortless way, the other in a slow, effortful way. I also argue that digital socio-epistemic environments tend to inculcate disvalues in their agent's epistemic identity, a process that causes the cognitive shortcircuits typical of conspiracy theories.


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Badino, Massimilianomassimiliano.badino@univr.it0000-0002-3521-9454
Keywords: Belief formation; social epistemology; social network; epistemology of belief
Subjects: General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
Depositing User: Prof. Massimiliano Badino
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2022 04:06
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2022 04:06
Item ID: 20235
Subjects: General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
Date: 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20235

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