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The misinformation age : how false beliefs spread

Author
O'Connor, Cailin, author.
Title
The misinformation age : how false beliefs spread / Cailin O'Connor, James Owen Weatherall.
Format
Book
Published
New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, [2019]
©2019
Description
ix, 266 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Other contributors
Weatherall, James Owen, author.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-250) and index.
Contents
  • Introduction: The vegetable lamb of Tartary
  • What is truth?
  • Polarization and conformity
  • The evangelization of peoples
  • The social network.
Summary
"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.
Subject headings
Errors--Social aspects.
Errors--Psychological aspects.
Truthfulness and falsehood--Social aspects.
Truthfulness and falsehood--Psychological aspects.
Information behavior.
Information behavior--Social aspects.
Information behavior--Psychological aspects.
Common fallacies.
ISBN
0300234015 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780300234015 (hardcover : alk. paper)

Holdings

Library
Blmgtn - Herman B Wells Library
Call Number
ZA3075 .O26 2019
Location
Checked out Due: 12-26-2019
Library
Columbus - University Library of Columbus
Call Number
ZA3075 .O26 2019
Location
Checked out Due: 08-13-2020