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From Propaganda to Social Media: Misinformation in a Time of Crisis

12th September 2020
https://www.crowdcast.io/e/iwm-propaganda-social

Social media disinformation, misinformation and online hoaxes are key weapons of 21st century war. In recent months, China has been accused of running a global online disinformation campaign to deflect blame for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic and improve its international standing. But how much of this is new, given that populations throughout history have been susceptible to rumours and misinformation in times of crisis? In World War II, for instance, the Nazi party thrived off the back of anti-Semitic propaganda campaigns, whilst in the Cold War fears of a nuclear apocalypse proliferated as anti-Communist rumours swirled. How does the misinformation of the past compare with that of the present? 

 

Join BBC Newsnight's Mark Urban with media historian Jean Seaton, Nina Schick, broadcaster and expert on how technology and artificial intelligence are reshaping politics and society and Quassim Cassam, professor of philosophy at the University of Warwick whose work focuses on the rise of conspiracy theories. 

Extremism – A philosophical analysis

24th August 2020 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmlw0Q1FV5I&t=141s

Extremism can be understood in ideological, methodological or psychological terms. My focus in this lecture will be on extremism in the psychological sense. Extremism in this sense is best understood as a mindset. A person’s mindset includes their preoccupations and attitudes. The extremist mindset is constituted, in part, by a preoccupation with purity, virtue and victimhood. I will propose an account of these preoccupations and their role in extremism. A key extremist attitude is hostility to compromise. Since hostility to compromise is also characteristic of a person of principle, there is the challenge of differentiating the uncompromising attitude that goes with being principled from that which goes with being an extremist.

Roots of Conspiracy Theory - Demystifying Science

23rd August 2020 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P84iA6BMmlo&feature=youtu.be

Micky & Quinn from Demystifying Science talk with Dr. Quassim Cassam, a philosopher at the University of Warwick who specializes in perception and acquisition of knowledge. He is particularly interested in the ways in which we come to doubt what we know and has recently written a book on the subject of mistrust called "Conspiracy Theories." The conversation investigates new ways to assess the validity of information and how to navigate the border between skepticism and outright distrust.

Talking to Thinkers with Professor Quassim Cassam: Part 1 - From Kenya to Keble

21st August 2020 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ajqG3Gf0nw&t=816s

This is the first part of an interview that Johnny Lyons had with Professor Quassim Cassam of the University of Warwick. It discusses the making of a philosopher from his time as a young Marxist in Kenya and education in London to his unlikely arrival at Oxford and emergence as an Oxford don and a highly distinguished and influential philosopher.

Talking to Thinkers with Professor Quassim Cassam: Part 2 - Philosophy at The Coal Face

21st August 2020 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPwOqyg_T4w&t=15s

This is the first part of an interview that Johnny Lyons had with Professor Quassim Cassam of the University of Warwick. It discusses the making of a philosopher from his time as a young Marxist in Kenya and education in London to his unlikely arrival at Oxford and emergence as an Oxford don and a highly distinguished and influential philosopher.

Channel 4 News - The psychology of why people believe conspiracy theories - explained by experts

31st May 2020
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpInOs1Fyno

Channel 4 News speaks to four conspiracy theory experts about the psychology of the people who believe them, their dangerous potential - and leaders like Donald Trump who appear to use them for political ends. They also look into widespread Covid-19 coronavirus conspiracy theories and ask - in an age of disinformation - can anything be done to stop the spread of conspiracies?

State of Play - Conspiracy Theories & Coronavirus with Quassim Cassam

12th May 2020
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-TZu_G2QR4&t=495s

With the planet in lockdown and citizens spending more time online than ever before conspiracy theories are spreading like wildfire. People are clammering for explanations, however farfetched, for the unprecedented circumstances they find themselves in. These often results in turning to the mirky corners of the internet filled with conspiracy theorists, preaching their version of the facts, often for noteriety and person profit.

 

An in-depth conversation with Warwick University Professor of Philosophy Quassim Cassam, on conspiracy theories, the psychology behind them and the shady characters trying to get you to believe.

Vices of the Mind - University of Utrecht

21st Feb 2019
https://www.sg.uu.nl/video/2019/04/vices-mind

We like to think of ourselves as open-minded, reasonable and realistic. But evidence suggests otherwise. Our thinking is heavily influenced by intellectual vices like prejudice and stupidity. Prof Quassim Cassam (University of Warwick) talks about the role they’ve played in recent political events.

"There are two roles of the opposition: there is the destructive and the constructive. The challenge is to come up with a constructive alternative”.


Professor Quassim Cassam on the role of the opposition.

Conspiracy Theories and the Problem of Disappearing Knowledge
4th April 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=h-eQ2bR1HFk

In his TEDx lecture Quassim explores the role of conspiracy theories in undermining our knowledge.

Philosophy and Medicine at KCL - Self-knowledge in Diagnosis and Self-Diagnosis 

26th June 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnsgVJAkFd0&t=28s

Symposium: Self-knowledge in and out of Illness, KCL 2016

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