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For Damian Thompson, the misinformation industry is wreaking havoc on theories and spurious claims are forms of “counterknowledge,” and. For Damian Thompson, these unproven theories and spurious claims are forms of ‘counterknowledge’, and, helped by the internet, they are creating a global. Damian Thompson has invented a new word for this – “counterknowledge” – and has tried to give the whole flabby concept a bit of shape.

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Although all these principles have been demolished elsewhere, what makes this book so compelling is the way it ties all the counterknowlledge together in one argument — the essence of all conspiracy theories is to take one complicated topic and focus on a specific issue which points in a different direction, and ignore the whole the whole raft of evidence that contradicts it.

Five flash fiction stories, thompxon originally in the American Chesterton Society’s Gilbert Magazine. The directors make basic errors and play outrageous tricks: Perhaps counterknowledge is supposed to cover only claims and beliefs that conflict with science and certain other areas of academic research such as history, which supposedly share a common or analogous methodology.

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Human history is crammed with murderous conspiracies by those attracted to, or corrupted by, power. He points out that it was not until that Darwin received the thumbs-up from the Pope, and even then the approval was somewhat qualified.

In many ways I found his assessment to be quite significant, if not specifically enumerated in ways that exclude certain issues that do indeed have solid scientific bases. He also discusses There are very few books about which I would say to my friends “Stop whatever you’re doing and read this NOW! Share your thoughts with other customers.


I did n The book Counterknowledge by Damian Thompson is about conpiracy’s. Some have turned out to have a danian of truth, others have died out. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Big Pharma displays all the characteristics of the more obvious charlatans to whom Thompson is content to restrict his attention.

Unfortunately, the sometime virtue of brevity is also the book’s weakest part: Mar 28, Cheryl rated it it was ok. Moreover, helping students to understand the multicultural world may be a legitimate aim counrerknowledge a history teacher, but it seems unlikely that a study of the ‘War on Terror’ is the best vehicle for achieving such an objective.

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To adapt a remark of Dr Johnson, while one expects to see it done, one is surprised that it is not done better. Like many print journalists, Thompson is eager to alert us to the dangers of the internet pwhich has brought a million bar-room conversations to public attention. Thompson may wish to avoid the smug tone which he says accompanies a choice of easy targets in Voodoo Science [14]another contribution to the debunking genre.

As Thompson clearly shows, there’s always someone who “knows about a secret little shortcut”. His treatment of the mangling of science and promotion of rankest pseudoscience in the Islamic cultures is especially enlightening it led me to Pervez Hoodbhoy’s much more detailed treatment in Islam and Scienceas is his demolition of “Afrocentric history”, far too much of which is plain mythology I rushed out and bought Mary Lefkowitz’s Not Out of Africa for a more detailed treatment, and should be reading it shortly.

Polio has returned to the area, and pilgrims have carried it to Mecca and Yemen. Thompson seems aware, however dimly, that there is a problem here, and takes refuge in an appeal to intuition: It makes me ashamed to own one of Patrick Holford’s books.

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That legacy is now threatened. This book was not too bad, but could have been better.

I find it immensely ironic that a book called counter knowledge could be so sexist and racist. Of far more real concern is upsurge in narrowly vocational courses which threatens to turn much of academia into a provider to business of free employee training while counteeknowledge society of independent-minded thinkers, artists and others whose aspirations and concerns extend beyond the mere countermnowledge of technical tasks.

He will not recognise that a half-belief is also a half-disbelief, or that it might as well be described as a suspension of judgement. Of course there may be some debate about whether a given experience is actually an observation of certain facts – for example whether the black animal observed is in fact a swan, or whether its apparent colour is caused by a trick of the light.

Why do people persist in believing outrageous things when the evidence of their invalidity is so easy to find?

Lies, damn lies and ‘counterknowledge’ – Telegraph

I was unable to find a satisfying answer to the fundamental question of why counterknowledge is so appealing, or what makes it succeed. It is concise, readable, straightforward and packed with logic. But this is a method geared towards practical xounterknowledge with imperfect knowledge and can be applied only to members of large homogeneous sets of data.

Broadly speaking, this is a place where ideas no longer carry the copyright of their inventors but are part of our shared culture.