A Survival Guide to the Misinformation Age: Scientific by David J. Helfand

By David J. Helfand

We are living within the info Age, with billions of bytes of knowledge simply swipes away. but how a lot of this can be mis- or maybe disinformation? loads of it really is, and your seek engine can't inform the variation. accordingly, an avalanche of incorrect information threatens to weigh down the discourse we so desperately have to deal with advanced social difficulties resembling weather swap, the meals and water crises, biodiversity cave in, and rising threats to public healthiness. This booklet offers an inoculation opposed to the incorrect information epidemic via cultivating medical behavior of brain. somebody can do it--indeed, every body needs to do it if our species is to outlive in this crowded and finite planet.

This survival advisor offers a vital set of apps for the prefrontal cortex whereas making technology either obtainable and interesting. it's going to dissolve your worry of numbers, demystify graphs, and elucidate the most important options of likelihood, all whereas celebrating the suitable use of language and good judgment. David Helfand, certainly one of our nation's major astronomers and technological know-how educators, has taught medical conduct of brain to generations within the lecture room, the place he keeps to salary a provocative conflict opposed to sloppy considering and the encroachment of incorrect information.

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Vol. III, pp. 264-5. 8. Bacon, The New Organon, in Works of Bacon, Vol. IV, pp. 247-8. 9. Bacon, Valerius Terminus, in Works of Bacon, Vol. III, pp. 221-2. 10. Stanley E. Fish, Sel}Consuming Artifacts: The Experience of Seventeenth Century Literature, Los Angeles, 1972. 11. Cf. Jonathan Swift's comments on longevity amongst the Struldbruggs in Gulliver's Travels, Penguin, Harmondsworth, 1967, pp. 257-60. In Huxley's Brave New 44 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. Da~s World everyone lives without physiological deterioration until the age of sixty and then suddenly dies.

Davis These distinctions between ideal society types may be of some importance because they enable us to cut through a rather tangled and confused picture of the relationship between social idealism and science and to disentangle some of the more significant threads. Secondly, because we begin to see that, of all ideal society forms, science is most likely to be closely associated with utopia it becomes important to grasp what the implications of utopia and that relationship are. Thirdly, for the last four centuries, utopia has been a powerful influence on western institutional and political structures (35) in such a way that the relationship goes to the heart of the current crises of both science and utopia.

Freedom is lost and with it one of the liberal preconditions of scientific inquiry. The ultimate extension of this is to give fixity to science within a utopian construct. Again, if we look at the beginnings of the modem utopian tradition, we can see it exemplified. In the New Atlantis what we are shown is the basis of scientific inquiry. In Campanella's City of the Sun, by contrast, we are shown the results of scientific inquiry, fixed, complete, finished, an immutable orthodoxy in which there is no longer any role for scientific research (51).

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