Exxon Knew about Climate Change 40 years ago

Investigation shows the oil company understood the science long before it became a public issue, then spent millions to promote misinformation https://youtu.be/Fa9nN3G2CSg by Scientific American edited by O Society July 27, 2019 Exxon was aware of climate change, as early as 1977, 11 years before it became a public issue, as shown by an investigation from … Continue reading Exxon Knew about Climate Change 40 years ago

Should universities care about the truth?

by Tim Hayward edited by O Society July 10, 2019 Isn’t the answer obvious? Universities are about attaining, preserving, and disseminating knowledge—which only is knowledge insofar as it is true. Caring about the truth is what universities—through their members—do. The question as intended, however, concerns claims of fact appealed to as grounds for governments to … Continue reading Should universities care about the truth?

Narrative Management => Reality Management

by Caitlin Johnstone edited by O Society June 17, 2019 The Grayzone‘s Max Blumenthal published the first part of an investigative series on how so-called non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are being used to manipulate the narrative about what’s going on in Syria by posing as impartial investigative bodies and circulating pro-imperialist disinformation to the western political/ … Continue reading Narrative Management => Reality Management

The Case of the Staggering Moron: Meanwhile in Australia

by O Society Jan 29, 2019 Ahem. In general, as a principle, it is best to ignore trolls. Case in point. Donald J. Trump is a troll. Best to ignore a troll. Don't feed them and they go away. Eventually. This too shall pass. It may pass like a kidney stone, but it will pass. … Continue reading The Case of the Staggering Moron: Meanwhile in Australia

Donald Trump is a master manipulator of bias. The trouble is, we go along with it

The apparently common human tendency to believe we alone see the world as it truly is, without bias or error, can be – and has been – easily manipulated to undermine fact-based policymaking. by David Dodwell  South China Morning Post  Let’s imagine you are driving along a motorway at 80km/h. For sure, anyone driving slower … Continue reading Donald Trump is a master manipulator of bias. The trouble is, we go along with it

The Man Who Studies the Spread of Ignorance

"We live in a world of radical ignorance." ~ Robert Proctor How do people or companies with vested interests spread ignorance and obfuscate knowledge? There is a term which defines this phenomenon. By Georgina Kenyon BBC In 1979, a secret memo from the tobacco industry was revealed to the public. Called the Smoking and Health … Continue reading The Man Who Studies the Spread of Ignorance

There’s a Word for the Study of the Intentional Spread of Ignorance: Agnotology

by Janna Rose and Marcos Barros edited by O Society October 27, 2018 As we watch Donald Trump take on the most powerful position in the world, many of us are left asking how a man who has consistently lied to his public could get so far. Some pundits are calling this the dawn of a new … Continue reading There’s a Word for the Study of the Intentional Spread of Ignorance: Agnotology