On Disinformation: How to Fight for Truth and Protect Democracy


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MIT Press
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4.0 X 5.9 X 0.5 inches | 0.26 pounds

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About the Author

Lee McIntyre is Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University. Formerly Executive Director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University, he has taught philosophy at Colgate University, Boston University, Simmons University, Tufts Experimental College, and Harvard Extension School.


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"This brief but impactful book offers trenchant commentary on the current war on truth and workable solutions to protect democracy in an increasingly chaotic world...thoughtful and illuminating."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Most scientists have an enduring belief that even if scientific truth is not embraced in the short term, it will be eventually. Lee McIntyre's new manifesto, On Disinformation, packaged--like Mao's--in a little red book, urges those who care about scientific truth and democracy to make a stand now rather than wait for society to come around."

"The philosopher Lee McIntyre, author of several books about disinformation and the scientific method, has written a short prescriptive polemic...The subject of On Disinformation is not QAnon as such but the related phenomenon of "denialism". The two are linked for the obvious reason that denying the realities of man-made climate change, Covid-19 or the Biden election are essential if you are to posit a conspiracy by the deep state or the Clintons to foist these "false" ideas on an accepting, sheeplike citizenry."
--The Financial Times

"On Disinformation follows hot on the heels of McIntyre's How to Talk to a Science Denier, in which the professional philosopher illustrated how difficult it is to argue with your enemy unless you understand how they think; in which he recommended taking even the most bizarre of opposing viewpoints seriously, if only to level the playing field.In what feels very much like the next logical instalment of his discourse on living in a post-truth world, On Disinformation builds on McIntyre's earlier work by examining how 'strategic denialism' is created, amplified and accepted into fringe orthodoxy."
--E&T, Engineering and Technology