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Professor Michael Lynch, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Humanities Institute at the University of Connecticut, will present the seventh annual Distinguished Lecture in Philosophy at Weber State University. His topic will focus on the role of social media in political polarization and how we can overcome it. Here’s his summary of his talk: “If you spend more than five minutes on social media these days, you get the definite sense that Americans on different sides of the political spectrum don’t like each other very much. Recent data shows that we increasingly regard the other party as stubborn, arrogant and ignorant. But maybe both sides have a point. Maybe we are all, to some extent, know-it-alls, and that’s part of the problem. In this talk, I’ll explore the causes for why a particular social attitude—tribal arrogance—is dominating our online relationships with each other, how it distorts our relationship to facts, and I’ll point to how some lessons from Socrates might help us recover truth and curiosity as democratic values.” The talk will be held in the Haven J. Barlow Lecture Hall (room 101 Lindquist Hall) on the Weber State campus.