Counterknowledge: How We Surrendered to Conspiracy Theories, Quack Medicine, Bogus Science and Fake History

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Atlantic, Jan 1, 2008 - Belief and doubt - 162 pages
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We are being swamped by dangerous nonsense. From 9/11 conspiracy theories to Holocaust denial, creationism to alternative medicine, we are all experiencing an epidemic of demonstrably untrue descriptions of the world. For Damian Thompson, these unproven theories and spurious claims are forms of 'counterknowledge', and, helped by the internet, they are creating a global generation of misguided adherents who repeat these untruths and lend them credence. 'The sleep of reason brings forth monsters', warns the title of Francisco Goya's famous etching of 1799. As Damian Thompson demonstrates, unless the defenders of enlightenment values fight back soon, the counterknowledge industry has the potential to create new political, social and economic disasters.

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User Review  - Simon Logan - Goodreads

Interesting in parts but didn't really say anything that hadn't been said elsewhere with more vigour and depth (ie Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time or Bad Science) Read full review

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User Review  - Cole - Goodreads

My god! How is this not required reading at every college or high school in the country? Read full review

About the author (2008)

Damian Thompson is the editor in chief of The Catholic Herald. He also writes for The Daily Telegraph. Thompson is the author of The End of Time: Faith and Fear in the Shadow of the Millennium. He lives in London.

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