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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He attributes much of this growth to the Internet. Moreover, helping students to understand the multicultural world may be a legitimate aim for a history teacher, but it seems unlikely that a study of the ‘War on Terror’ is the best vehicle for thompsln such an objective.

What he does is rant for a couple hundred pages about trends that annoy him: Works can be labelled as pseudohistory for one or more of the following reasons Not that his targets ar I wanted to like this book. Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time” cover much of the same ground as Thompson’s short volume, and I’d recommend them both as being more essential buys than his.

In Januarythe parents of 24, children in Pakistan refused to let health workers vaccinate tohmpson children because radical mullahs had told them the same idiotic story. In the same way, by providing an unsolicited dossier representing facts about current events – which is to say contemporary history – the government purported to educate the public, and having taken on that task, also took on the duty of performing it properly.


: Counterknowledge (): Damian Thompson: Books

Thompson makes numerous references to probability, most of them defective in one way or another. Having taken on the task of addressing thompsonn of culpability he should have done so impartially and completely.

He does mention a book by Michael Shermer that looks more at the psychology involved. There isn’t a lot of new ground covered here. This book is a great answer.

COUNTERKNOWLEDGE by Damian Thompson | Kirkus Reviews

Thompson takes a cold chisel to We are drowning in a sea of lies and fakery, aided and abetted by the Internet culture’s anything-goes mentality, warns Thompson Waiting for Antichrist,etc. In fact, according to the report, it was an optional coursework topic which was simply not chosen. Thompson is no exception, though perhaps with less to lose than some.

The interesting – but potentially controversial – middle ground is simply ignored.


Newspaper stories are riddled with supposition and tend uncritically to reproduce official statements of dubious provenance. Jan 26, Monte rated it really liked it Shelves: Speed Bump is a story of neighborhood, solidarity, and struggle against oppressive government; inspired by G.

To ask other readers questions about Counterknowledgeplease sign up. Nov 25, Johnny rated it really liked it Shelves: There is a tension – even a puzzle – in the idea of open-mindedness [21]but neither the dogmatist who will hear no dissent nor the agnostic whose doubts are all-consuming has the answer.

At a dozen or so places, he characterizes the gullible vectors or malicious originators of counterknowledge as ‘left-wing’ or ‘left-wing liberals. It is particularly pernicious when it is drafted daman the wider project of political and cultural opposition which is manifested counterkmowledge the Orwellian ‘War on Terror’.

An abridged version of this review was published in the December issue of Culture Wars. But then fortunately, one or two guests thought more carefully what they were being asked to believe. Western society still has such a thing as the public domain. The reason they believe them patently false is generally because they have a supernatural element.


It was published on 1 January by Atlantic Damia and is Thompson’s third book. Perhaps they have a ‘problem with authority’ or thompsoon need to find meaning in things. His readers may be assured of the triumph of reason and the rightness of their opinions, but, crucially, they are offered a frisson of danger and flattered with the role of tough-minded hero standing, with Thompson, against the forces of chaos.

Coounterknowledge book is excellent; being so, it will only appeal to readers who don’t believe in fads, fallacies, cults and things-that-go-bump-in-the-night.

The argument that ‘No one has been able to come up with a better explanation’ betrays muddled thinking. He also discusses There counterknodledge very few books about which I would say to my friends “Stop whatever you’re doing and read this NOW!

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Counterknowledge, with its ingrained hostility towards a political, intellectual and scientific elite, appeals to anti-American, anti-Western sentiment in the developing world. As we have seen, though, these are not options Thompson considers in any detail, and in the cases he discusses such options do not seem to interest him.

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