RDS Library & Archives

Normal view MARC view ISBD view

The misinformation age : how false beliefs spread / Cailin O'Connor, James Owen Weatherall.

By: O'Connor, Cailin.
Contributor(s): Weatherall, James Owen.
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2019Copyright date: 2019Description: ix, 266 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9780300234015.Subject(s): Belief and doubt. -- Social aspects | Information society | Journalism -- Editing | Truth -- Political aspectsDDC classification: 070.43
Contents:
The vegetable lamb of tartary -- What is truth? -- Polarization and conformity -- The evangelization of peoples -- The social network
Summary: The social dynamics of "alternative facts": why what you believe depends on who you know Why should we care about having true beliefs? And why do demonstrably false beliefs persist and spread despite bad, even fatal, 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 beliefs. 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? The Misinformation Age, written for a political era riven by "fake news," "alternative facts," and disputes over the validity of everything from climate change to the size of inauguration crowds, shows convincingly that what you believe depends on who you know. If social forces explain the persistence of false belief, we must understand how those forces work in order to fight misinformation effectively. Copac
List(s) this item appears in: New acquisitions March-May 2019
Tags from this library: No tags from this library for this title. Log in to add tags.
    average rating: 0.0 (0 votes)
Item type Current location Collection Call number Status Date due
Loanable Book Library
General Collection 070.43 OCO (Browse shelf) Available

Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-250) and index.

The vegetable lamb of tartary -- What is truth? -- Polarization and conformity -- The evangelization of peoples -- The social network

The social dynamics of "alternative facts": why what you believe depends on who you know Why should we care about having true beliefs? And why do demonstrably false beliefs persist and spread despite bad, even fatal, 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 beliefs. 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? The Misinformation Age, written for a political era riven by "fake news," "alternative facts," and disputes over the validity of everything from climate change to the size of inauguration crowds, shows convincingly that what you believe depends on who you know. If social forces explain the persistence of false belief, we must understand how those forces work in order to fight misinformation effectively. Copac

There are no comments for this item.

Log in to your account to post a comment.

Powered by Koha