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Kerim’s Triptych for Sunday, January 21st, 2024

Kerim’s Triptych for Sunday, January 21st, 2024

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Item 1: Do The Research

Here, across five experiments, we present consistent evidence that online search to evaluate the truthfulness of false news articles actually increases the probability of believing them.
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Our results indicate that those who search online to evaluate misinformation risk falling into data voids, or informational spaces in which there is corroborating evidence from low-quality sources. We also find consistent evidence that searching online to evaluate news increases belief in true news from low-quality sources, but inconsistent evidence that it increases belief in true news from mainstream sources.

Item 2: The German Catechism

Alan Moore, Blind Man in Bergen-Belsen, 1947

A. Dirk Moses, one of the leading scholars of genocide, on how Germany has replaced the “redemptive antisemitism” of Nazism with a new “redemptive philosemitism" and how this explains

the remarkable situation of gentile Germans lecturing American and Israeli Jews with accusing finger about the correct forms of remembrance and loyalty to Israel.

Item 3: Beethoven Symphony No. 5 Sportscast

In memory of Peter Schickele, who passed away last week, here is P.D.Q. Bach announcing Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 as if it was a radio sportscast:


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