Respecting Truth: Willful Ignorance in the Internet Age

Respecting Truth: Willful Ignorance in the Internet Age

by Lee McIntyre

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ISBN-13: 9781138888814
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 06/29/2015
Pages: 162
Sales rank: 895,478
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Lee McIntyre is a Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University and author of Dark Ages: The Case for a Science of Human Behavior (MIT Press, 2006). He is co-editor (with Alex Rosenberg) of the forthcoming Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Social Science.

Table of Contents

Preface. Chapter 1. Attitudes Toward Truth: Willful Ignorance and the Last Glimpse of Shoreline. Chapter 2. The Value of Truth: Should My Genes Care Whether I Can Justify My Belief That A Tiger Is Coming Toward Me? Chapter 3. The Roots of Human Irrationality: Behavioral Economics, Self-Deception, and Lawn Chair Larry. Chapter 4. The Assault on Truth and the Triump of Ideology: The Flying Spaghetti Monster, Climate Change, and the "Myth" of Race. Chapter 5. Sources of (Mis)Information: Why the Media Worship Objectivity But the Ivory Tower Rejects Truth. Chapter 6. Sources of Hope: The Wisdom of Crowds, Group Benefits, and Why Wikipedia Is More Reliable Than You Think. Chapter 7. A More Reasonable World: Better Living Through Empirical Social Science. Bibliography.

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