Epistemic closure

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Sat Nov 10 02:04:58 UTC 2012

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. 

Benjamin Barrett
Seattle, WA
The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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