The Misinformation Age by
Call Number: BF323.E7 O23 2019
PVCC's One Book for 2021 is "The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs Spread" by Cailin O'Connor and James Owen Weatherall!
Why should we care about having true beliefs? And why do demonstrably false beliefs persist and spread despite consequences for the people who hold them? Philosophers of science Cailin O'Connor and James Weatherall argue that social factors, rather than individual psychology, are what's essential to understanding the spread and persistence of false belief. "The Misinformation Age", written for a political era riven by "fake news," "alternative facts," and disputes over the validity of everything from climate change to the size of inauguration crowds, shows convincingly that what you believe depends on who you know.
Books in this One Book Reading Guide are about misinformation, critical thinking, and the psychology of belief.