The Misinformation Age

The Misinformation Age

How False Beliefs Spread

Book - 2019
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"Why should we care about having true beliefs? And why do demonstrably false beliefs persist and spread despite consequences for the people who hold them? Philosophers of science Cailin O'Connor and James Weatherall argue that social factors, rather than individual psychology, are what's essential to understanding the spread and persistence of false belief. It might seem that there's an obvious reason that true beliefs matter: false beliefs will hurt you. But if that's right, then why is it (apparently) irrelevant to many people whether they believe true things or not? In an age riven by "fake news," "alternative facts," and disputes over the validity of everything from climate change to the size of inauguration crowds, the authors argue that social factors, not individual psychology, are what's essential to understanding the persistence of false belief and that we must know how those social forces work in order to fight misinformation effectively."--Publisher's description.
Publisher: New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, c[2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780300234015
Branch Call Number: 153.74 O'CONNOR
Characteristics: ix, 266 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Weatherall, James Owen - Author


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Dec 22, 2018

Every once in awhile, Publishers Weekly gets it right:
// The ostensible thesis of the authors . . . \\
Perfect use of the word, // ostensible \\ !!
Indeed, the other week there was a forum from the University of Washington broadcast on the local NPR station regarding some academic types proselytizing on the // recent \\ explosion of fake news via social media, as if the U-dub [U.of W.] and the rest of academia hasn't long been guilty of spreading fake news/fake history/fake science: the previous university president was thought to have been responsible for writing the SCOTUS brief for Justice Rehnquist in 1978 which allowed for the mentally ill to be dumped onto America's streets - - quite the local news blackout on that!
Too much farcical ravings have originated lately from academia and if you do not agree with their pseudo-science nonsense [and I'm not talking about climate change, but real pseudo-science] you are some sort of white supremacist, et cetera!
No, we aren't all six degrees separated from one another - - no, lemmings do not run off of cliffs - - no, there was never any 13th monkey - - et cetera, et cetera.
When universities and colleges in the USA allow for the tenure of real thinkers such as Michael Parenti and Ward Churchill, et al., then and only then will we be exposed to non-fake news.


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