Truth: how the many sides to every story shape our reality by Hector Macdonald

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 2:12pm -- JGranatino

In his preface, author Macdonald himself gives the best description of this book’s content: “This is a book about truth, not lies, although much of it is concerned with how truth can be used just like lies.” Stressing the complexity of his topic, he explores the different kinds of “truth” – partial, subjective, artificial, and unknown – discussing and giving many examples of competing truths, misuse of statistics and numbers, the critical importance of context and naming, and deceptive narratives. His checklist for identifying misleading truths, list of fact-checking organizations, and many references are essential tools for navigating a post-truth era. 

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