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PLU faculty members Claire Todd, Seth Dowland and Amy Young discuss the word ‘irrefutable’ (podcast)

PLU faculty members Claire Todd, Seth Dowland and Amy Young discuss the word ‘irrefutable’ (podcast)

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April 20, 2017

TACOMA, WASH. (April. 20, 2017)- The eleventh episode of “Open to Interpretation” features a discussion of the word “irrefutable” among host and Communication and Theatre Department Chair Amy Young, Associate Professor of Religion Seth Dowland, and Associate Professor of Geosciences and Environmental Studies Claire Todd. 

“Open to Interpretation” is a podcast devoted to exploring the meanings and implications of words commonly used in the news, on social media and on college campuses. Previous OTI topics include “Climate,” “Gender,” “Violence” and “Advocacy.”

Conversation Highlights

1:00- Warm up questions to do with historical figures, vacation destinations and alternative careers.

4:30- What ought to qualify something as irrefutable? Or, for that matter, should anything be considered irrefutable?

6:40- The role “the burden of proof” can play in designating something as irrefutable in public discourse.

9:10- The cultural forces that contribute to widespread belief that something is, or is not, irrefutable.

15:50- How our communities can shape our belief of what is true.

18:15- What constitutes fact and what is irrefutable in this era of “alternative facts?”

22:45- The benefits of observation vs. the influence of media gaslighting.

PLU professors Seth Dowland, Claire Todd and Amy Young.

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