The Misinformation Age
- April 1, 2019
- Cailin O’Connor and Jim Weatherall, LPA, via Reason, April 1, 2019
In their book The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs Spread, a pair of professors
of logic and philosophy of science from University of California, Irvine, Cailin O'Connor
and James Owen Weatherall, use computer models to explain how judgments about things,
such as the causes or best cures for certain illnesses, spread through scientific
networks—and how that spread can cause false beliefs to dominate a community even
if each of the participants is individually rational. The authors offer juicy takeaways:
We need to legally punish people for spreading unlabeled "fake news" and should abandon
democratic control of "issues that require expert knowledge."
For the full story, please visit http://reason.com/archives/2019/04/01/the-misinformation-age.