Truthiness Fever: How Lies and Propaganda Are Poisoning Us and a Ten-Step Program for Recovery

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Rick Hayes-Roth, May 1, 2011 - Business & Economics - 158 pages
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This book focuses on truth, beliefs that best match empirical evidence. Truth contrasts with truthiness, beliefs supported primarily by emotions and feelings. When political satirist Steven Colbert celebrated the rise of "truthiness," he called attention to an important pathology in our body politic. Politics, broadcasting, and business as usual are poisoning the information environment. The author's scholarly research shows how bad things have become, but then he proceeds to prescribe a 10-step recovery program.
 

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Contents

Information PollutionMay be Our Greatest Risk
1
2 The Vital Value of Truth
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3 What is Truth?
27
How Lying Became Habitual and Pollution Normal
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5 Big Lies and Pathological Patterns
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6 How do You Solve a ProblemLike Habitual Lying?
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We Stop Lying and Reward Truth Telling
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8 Implementation
109
Rid the Information Environment of Propaganda and Lies
116
References Additional to Footnotes
122
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