Counterknowledge: How We Surrendered To Conspiracy Theories Quack Medicine Bogus S

Paperback | February 2, 2010

byDamian Thompson

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Counterknowledge is misinformation packaged to look like fact. From 9/11 conspiracy theories to Holocaust denial, we are all experiencing an epidemic of demonstrably untrue descriptions of the world—dangerous nonsense. The circulation of false information is creating a global generation of misguided adherents who repeat these untruths and lend them credence. In Counterknowledge, Damian Thompson explores these unproven theories and demonstrates that 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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Counterknowledge is misinformation packaged to look like fact. From 9/11 conspiracy theories to Holocaust denial, we are all experiencing an epidemic of demonstrably untrue descriptions of the world—dangerous nonsense. The circulation of false information is creating a global generation of misguided adherents who repeat these untruths ...

DAMIAN THOMPSON is a lead writer for The Daily Telegraph and editor-in-chief of The Catholic Herald. He blogs for the Telegraph on religious affairs.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8 × 5.42 × 0.48 inPublished:February 2, 2010Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143169807

ISBN - 13:9780143169802

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"Damian Thompson's extraordinary book is literally a revelation ... Superb and often breathtaking."
The Daily Telegraph (London)

"Excellent ... Widely enough read and clearly enough understood, Counterknowledge might save us from the tsunami of misinformation, falsity, error, and distortion that infects our culture ... Superb."
The New Humanist