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The London Lectures: C. Thi Nguyen - The Gamification of Public Discourse

Friday 29th November 2019 5:45pm - 7:15pm 107 Charing Cross Road Literary Event, Free Event

We’re delighted to be teaming up with author and philosopher Julian Baggini and the Royal Institute of Philosophy to bring you The London Lectures—a series of wide-ranging talks by experts in the field of Social Epistemology.


How Do We Know? The Social Dimension of Knowledge


Knowledge is often thought of as something that we each individually have: something inside our own minds. But our knowledge depends on other people's testimony and expertise. And what we know depends on what our society makes it possible for us to know, either formally or informally, through social norms and practices that suppress some ideas and privilege others.


C. Thi Nguyen
The Gamification of Public Discourse


Social media has turned conversation into a game, where we compete for points in the form of likes, retweets, and follower counts. This tempts us to trade away the subtle goods of discourse—like connection, understanding, and wisdom—in return for the thrills of success in vividly quantified terms. 


C. Thi Nguyen is Associate Professor of Philosophy, Utah Valley University. He has recently written on games, trust, echo chambers, and moral outrage porn. His first book Games: Agency as Art is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. 



Tickets: Free reservation

Venue: Level 6, Foyles 107 Charing Cross Road

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