Thursday Nov 18, 2021

Michael Esfeld on the warning signs of totalitarianism

Michael Esfeld is a professor of Philosophy Of Science at the University Of Lausanne in Switzerland.

He is very worried about the way in which we gather and distribute knowledge, arguing that it's becoming too cult-like, centralised, and closed.

Freedom to act and think creates open societies.

In his conversation with me, Michael chats about the work of Karl Popper; the differences between open and closed societies; the fragility of freedom; being cautious of “the greater good” narrative; why “trust the science” is a nonsensical claim; the dangers of science becoming political; and why it’s importance to do your own research.

Michael’s insight dovetails conversations I’ve had with Mattias Desmet and Piers Robinson.


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