2019 Speakers

The Misinformation Age: The social dynamics of “alternative facts”: why what you believe depends on who you know.

Cailin O’Connor
Friday May 3, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Catherine Cummings Theatre

Cailin O’Connor is co-author of The Misinformation Age, about “fake news,” “alternative facts,” and disputes over the validity of everything from climate change to the size of inauguration crowds. It tells us that what we believe depends on who we know. If social forces explain the persistence of false belief, we must understand how those forces work in order to fight misinformation effectively. Prof. O’Connor teaches logic and philosophy of science at the University of California, Irvine.



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