Bullspotting: Finding Facts in the Age of Misinformation by Loren Collins

By Loren Collins

At a time whilst commonplace voters are bombarded with fake details on a daily basis, this unique e-book will end up to be not just an exceptional learn but additionally an vital source. Birthers. Truthers. Moon hoaxers. Antivaxxers. Holocaust deniers. younger Earth creationists. those are only many of the purveyors of incorrect information who thrive on the web. by no means in historical past has the reality been extra available and lies so contagious. during this complicated surroundings, how does a decent individual locate the proof? This pleasing and academic ebook applies the instruments of serious pondering to spot the typical beneficial properties and developments between incorrect information campaigns. With illustrations drawn from conspiracy theorists and deniers of each stripe, this writer teaches readers how rumors are all started, and the rhetorical ideas and logical fallacies frequently present in deceptive or outright fake claims. What distinguishes genuine conspiracies from conspiracy theories, actual technological know-how from pseudoscience, and genuine heritage from bogus bills purporting to be background? How does one overview the credibility of rumors and costs or pass judgement on the steadiness of criminal arguments complex through tax deniers? Readers will the right way to make those severe differences and in addition how one can spot "evidence" that has been synthetic or manipulated indirectly to create a misunderstanding.

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As my admiration for Rabbi Wasserman makes clear, 26 jo urn eys I was especially sensitive to signs of intellectual honesty and authenticity, values I saw embodied in him and other Talmudic scholars I encountered. But there was always a tension between this value of intellectual honesty and the constraint that the Torah had to be right and you couldn’t question God’s word. That even Jewish scholars felt the tension is evident, I believe, from the way that the People’s rebelliousness was celebrated.

But there was always a tension between this value of intellectual honesty and the constraint that the Torah had to be right and you couldn’t question God’s word. That even Jewish scholars felt the tension is evident, I believe, from the way that the People’s rebelliousness was celebrated. Still, in the end, the principle that the Torah, as the divine word of God, had to be right constituted an absolute constraint on intellectual pursuit, one that for me stood in stark conflict with the values of intellectual honesty and authenticity.

Can the world’s religions withdraw from all factual claims (other than the existence of God, perhaps)? ’’ Can Christians maintain their faith without defending the historical reality of Christ walking on Earth? Closer to home, I gather that most modern Orthodox Jews have come to accept the truth of evo- faith and reason, the perpetual war 15 lution. After all, the evidence for it is damn good. So they hold that the creation story is not to be taken literally. Its truths are metaphorical. Maybe one can take the same orientation toward the story of the great flood, and perhaps even the actual historical existence of the Patriarchs: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and their wives and children.

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