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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Well written. I expected the author to just bash right wing views but he bashed both right and left views. He was bold enough to point out that nobody will address the growing radical Muslim counter culture in Europe. Read full review

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This book launches a brilliantly concerted attack on quackery, conspirary theories, and fake history. It is a very interesting read and, albeit sadly, a very necessary one in today's anxious world. 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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