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counterknowledge

Definitions

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  • n. Misinformation packaged to look like fact.

Etymologies

counter- + knowledge (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This appointment will not affect my blogging on this site, but it will allow me to write more substantial articles about how law and the legal process is used by the agents of so-called "counterknowledge" - CAM, psychics, and so on.

    On "Counterknowledge" - My New Appointment

  • * Sigh* My problem isn't that people still believe this 'hur dur tha gummint did 9-11' garbage, but that this kind of counterknowledge, and this particular brand of credulous non-thought is going to be passed on to the next generation of citizens who are then going to end up even less capable of shouldering the burden of maintaining a democratic system.

    Original Signal - Transmitting Buzz

  • Christian creationism is verboten, but Muslim and Hindu creationism are OK: Creationism and the advance of counterknowledge.

    Oh, I get it ...

  • For information on the chemistry involved in gas chambers which refutes the claims of Leuchter and other peddlers of counterknowledge, see Richard Green's article on The Chemistry of Auschwitz.

    The hermeneutic of continuity

  • Damian Thompson in the Torygraph, on the interesting and threatening advance of counterknowledge Shooting skills, young boys, and prostitutes.

    Libertarian Blog Place

  • Damian Thompson in the Torygraph, on the interesting and threatening advance of counterknowledge Famous, important, opinion-leading actroid "would have joined IRA".

    Libertarian Blog Place

  • Damian Thompson in the Torygraph, on the interesting and threatening advance of counterknowledge

    Libertarian Blog Place

  • Thompson is far more effective at charting how counterknowledge has morphed under modern conditions.

    Salon

  • Creationism is, of course, a fertile field of counterknowledge and not just in the United States:

    Thoughts in a Haystack

  • The increase in counterknowledge may, in fact, be a "squeezing the balloon" effect, where the social need for a kinship substitute, no longer satisfied by orthodox religion, is being pushed out into various alternatives.

    Thoughts in a Haystack

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  • I wanted to like this book. Honestly I did. But Damian Thompson was just such an unappealing advocate for the forces of reason. Although not as overtly obnoxious as - say - Christopher Hitchens (or Richard Dawkins, in his more recent writings), he doesn't manage to avoid the trap of self-righteous superiority. After a couple of chapters, it's like being trapped at a dinner party with a know-it-all guest - you don't care how right he is - you just wish he'd shut up already.

    November 9, 2008

  • Spiked: 'We are facing an epidemic of gullibility caused by what I describe in my new book as ‘counterknowledge’ – fiction masquerading as fact. The chief medium of dodgy empirical claims is, unsurprisingly, the internet, which enables people to construct do-it-yourself conspiracy theories and turn them into cyberspace cosmologies within the space of 24 hours.'

    January 25, 2008