Epistemic closure

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sat Nov 10 17:00:28 UTC 2012


Is Brooks in, as someone (Rachel Madden?) put it,
the first* stage of grief, namely denial?  (Carl
Rove was perhaps the "original," early Tuesday evening.)

Speaker Boehner seems at the moment to be feigning the stage of bargaining.

Other Republicans appeared publicly only when
they had reached the stage of depression.

*K├╝bler-Ross did not put her five stages in a
particular chronological sequence, but Adrian Monk did.

Joel

At 11/10/2012 08:52 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> > The term refers to a situation where the information you receive is
>biased.
>
>Surely it's more complicated than just turning a blind eye to good
>evidence. The sentence Victor quotes is decidedly unhelpful.
>
>I doubt that Brooks fully absorbed the article Ben refers to; therefore I
>doubt that he's using the term as a logician was.
>
>
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>JL
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>On Fri, Nov 9, 2012 at 9:04 PM, Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at ix.netcom.com>wrote:
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> > On NPR today, probably "All Things Considered," David Brooks talked =
> > about "epistemic closure" in connection with the Republicans being =
> > blindsided by the election results. I believe he also described that =
> > term as an "information bias" and an "information cocoon." The term =
> > refers to a situation where the information you receive is biased.
> >
> > "Epistemic deductive closure" in 1976: http://ow.ly/faTca
> > "Epistemic closure" in 1985: http://ow.ly/faTed
> >
> > On April 27, 2010, Victor Steinbok quotes the term from a same-day =
> > article at =
> > http://prospect.org/article/what-new-black-panther-case-actually-about.=20=
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> > Benjamin Barrett
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