Finding Facts in the Age of Misinformation

Book - 2012
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This entertaining and educational book applies the tools of critical thinking to identify the common features and trends among misinformation campaigns. With illustrations drawn from conspiracy theorists and deniers of every stripe, the author teaches readers how rumors are started, and the rhetorical techniques and logical fallacies often found in misleading or outright false claims.

What distinguishes real conspiracies from conspiracy theories, real science from pseudoscience, and actual history from bogus accounts purporting to be history? How does one evaluate the credibility of rumors and quotes or judge the soundness of legal arguments advanced by tax deniers? Readers will learn how to make these critical distinctions and also how to spot "evidence" that has been manufactured or manipulated in some way to create a false impression.

At a time when average citizens are bombarded with false information every day, this entertaining book will prove to be not only a great read but also an indispensable resource.
Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2012
ISBN: 9781616146344
Branch Call Number: 001.9 Col 3558
Characteristics: 267 p. ;,23 cm


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Feb 05, 2015

One might easily call bullspotting on Bullspotting: 15 out of the 19 hijackers were Saudis; the government - - after several congressmen read and stated their shock at the implicaitons against the Saudis - - refuses to release 28 pages of the 9/11 Commission Report implicating the Saudi involvement; and, via legal action by wives of 9/11 victims, the 20th hijacker, Moussaeoui, was interviewed in his Supermax cell and accused the highest members of the royal famliy in Saudi Arabia. Conspiracy theories, dearie????? The author would be advised to stick with the FACTS.

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