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The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs Spread by [Cailin O'Connor, James Owen Weatherall]
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“Methodical and earnest.”—Jennifer Szalai, New York Times

The Misinformation Age covers big subjects like truth and the fate of the species” —Jennifer Szalai, International New York Times

“Empowering and thoroughly researched, this book offers useful contemporary analysis and possible solutions to one of the greatest threats to democracy.”—Kirkus Reviews

“[The authors] deftly apply sociological models to examine how misinformation spreads among people and how scientific results get misrepresented in the public sphere. They offer scientific case studies—the discovery that CFCs were responsible for the ozone hole in the 1980s, for example—to explore the question of what constitutes truth and to consider the role that information plays in a healthy democracy.”—Andrea Gawrylewski, Scientific American

“A notable new volume . . .The Misinformation Age explains systematically how facts are determined and changed—whether it is concerning the effects of vaccination on children or the Russian attack on the integrity of the electoral process.”—Roger I. Abrams, New York Journal of Books

"It’s a good read on a very important subject, definitely worth exploring."—Hugh Taylor, Journal of Cyberpolicy

"Engaging and sophisticated. . . . The Misinformation Age captures the threat posed by misinformation in the current political moment."—Steven Slomin, American Scientist

“An important book for an era of weaponized information.”—George Musser, contributing editor, Scientific American and Nautilus

"Fake news has revealed a dark side of networks: an almost unstoppable ability to spread false and misleading information, changing people's perception of reality and shaking the political establishment. The Misinformation Age is a timely, engaging narrative of how this happened and how the mix of fake news and networks is changing our world."—Albert-László Barabási, author of Linked: The New Science of Networks

"In this perilous moment—when knowledge is powerfully eroded by new and effective campaigns of misinformation—O’Connor and Weatherall offer a critically important philosophical defense of evidence, facts, and above all, the truth."—Allan M. Brandt, Harvard University

The Misinformation Age is the best book I've read on why the fake-news epidemic is afflicting us and what we can do about it. It offers in-depth reporting and provocative analysis delivered in lively prose, a rare combination.”—John Horgan, director of the Center for Science Writings, Stevens Institute of Technology

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About the Author

Cailin O’Connor is associate professor of logic and philosophy of science at the University of California, Irvine. James Owen Weatherall is professor of logic and philosophy of science at the University of California, Irvine, and author of the New York Times best-seller The Physics of Wall Street. Both are members of the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Science. They reside in California. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07L14B7P1
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Yale University Press; 1st edition (January 8, 2019)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ January 8, 2019
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1405 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 279 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars GOLD!!
By Lambert Higuera on January 8, 2019
What a great book!!
It draws on social networks, social epistemology, history and philosophy of science, and current events to give us a better understanding of the spread of misinformation and the dangers of propaganda in a free society.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A lot of this is common sense
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