Weaponized Lies

Weaponized Lies

How to Think Critically in the Post-truth Era

Book - 2017
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"It's raining bad data, half-truths, and fake news out there - and some of this nonsense is having devastation consequences. Daniel J. Levitin shows how corporate and government reports, statistics, and news stories can mislead, and reveals the way lying weasels use them. What makes lies dangerous is the certainty with which people are prone to believe them. Here is how to fix that."--Page [4] of cover.
Publisher: New York, New York : Dutton, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781101983829 (paperback)
1101983825 (paperback)
Branch Call Number: 153.42 LEV 2017
Characteristics: xxii, 294 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm

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JCLBreH Jul 24, 2018

In the introduction to Weaponized Lies, Levitin states, “Critical thinking doesn't mean we disparage everything; it means that we try to distinguish between claims with evidence and those without.” He goes on to explain that because we are constantly bombarded with information to the point of overload, we must do some research to uncover the facts. It can even be difficult to determine which sources are reliable. “Just because someone quotes you a statistic or shows you a graph, it doesn’t mean it’s relevant.”

DBRL_MattS Apr 30, 2018

Highly recommended for anyone wanting to learn some simple techniques for evaluating the mass of information bombarding us every day. Especially useful for library staff who want to be sure they're giving their patrons accurate information.

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cello9flute
Jan 01, 2018

This book will do what it promises: it will teach you how to think critically about what you hear. The author has a gift for presenting what is really very complicated: statistics, probabilities , formal logic--in concise and clear language. I highly recommend it.

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nrizkalla
Nov 10, 2017

The takeaway message: In the Internet age we save a lot of time in the process of gathering information, we should utilize some of the time saved in the process of scrutinizing and validating this information.

Else the book is repetitive and boring!

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StarGladiator
Feb 19, 2017

// We're surrounded by fringe theories, fake news, and pseudo-facts. \\
I'm always highly skeptical when I read something as if propaganda and indoctrination were something new, that somehow previously we were told the truth: that the most sinister Andrew Carnegie was a great man, or from a relatively recent article in The Nation, by the senior editor of fact-checking at The New Yorker, whereby he lies outrageously about Jacobo Arbenz being a communist [he was the democratically elected president of Guatemala - - and capitalist - - whom President Eisenhower had overthrown because Arbenz wanted to create a middle-class in his country, and Eisenhower didn't want anyone messing with his financial backer's [Floyd Odlum] investment in United Fruit!
First above all, we must have The Facts, not the exclusion of all facts and pseudo-content foisted on us by Fox, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS and NPR. If you don't know how much
Andrew Carnegie Rockefeller [didn't know someone with that name, and heritage, existed, I'll bet?????] is worth, or how much land around the world the Rockefellers own, or who the Mortimer family is, or who the richest top ten families really are, or who owns ExxonMobil, et cetera, then there's a good reason you do not! Somehow, the notion that Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw, Brian Williams, Leslie Stahl, Mike Wallace and various other Fake Newsies ever conveyed the truth is so hilariously, uproarously funny I cannot contain myself!

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