The misinformation age : how false beliefs spread

"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...

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Main Authors: O'Connor, Cailin (Author), Weatherall, James Owen (Author)
Language:English
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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.
Physical Description:ix, 266 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-250) and index.
Published: New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, [2019]
ISBN:0300234015
9780300234015

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