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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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Is he suggesting that the producers of counterknowledge should somehow impossibly arrange for access to their ideas to be restricted under the laws of intellectual property? The only indication I can find of what this false logic might consist in occurs later in the book, where Thompson quotes Michael Shermer: A History of the United States.

Instead of a well thought out response to people who embrace conspiracy theories, pseudoscience, and pseudo-history, it comes off as an angry rant, which makes it hard to take very seriously.

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Conspiracy theories are possibly the easiest target of all. It might be that the he’s a self-proclaimed conservative Catholic capitalist CCC? Similarly, he names the publishing executive behind a “bogus history” claiming that it was the Chinese who discovered America and calls upon others to shame her; when really he should be showing beyond doubt that the remains of a 15th-century Chinese takeaway in Massachusetts, or whatever is cited as evidence, were a forgery. Thompson has pet theories about why these forms of public ignorance are on the rise, and briefly explains them.

For instance, Thompson claims that “Islamic Creationism is turning into a serious problem for british sixth-form colleges and universities”, but fails to substantiate this claim with anything but the flimsiest of anecdotal evidence.


People aren’t stupid, they can learn. The ancient Greeks stole their ideas from Africa. Damian Thompson No preview available – This book manages to dent its chances of getting a higher rating, thanks to the writer managing to contradict his own aforementioned arguments more than once. The fingerprints of the alternative medicine lobby are all over the worst British health scare of recent years, in which thousands of parents denied their children the MMR triple vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella following the dissemination of flawed data linking it to autism.

This review is a little low in stars because I think the book could have used some editing and some deeper analysis in parts. Fashionable advocates of alternative medicine, and the executives who profit from them, are as reliant on counterknowledge as any bedsit conspiracy theorist. Someone need to do so.

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From Publishers Weekly According to Thompson, we are experiencing a pandemic of counterknowledge: In this climate only the impassioned, the naive, the highly unconventional and possibly the downright stupid are likely to speak up – all likely to make easy targets for allegations of some psychological flaw.

Respected publishing houses, not wanting to be left behind in the money game, are actively encouraging conspiracy theorists a The author describes how pseudo-science is being packaged and marketed heavily today and becoming more popular than ever. Beyond this element of seekership, the cultic milieu is a strikingly diverse and remarkably tolerant ethos.

Indeed and, such book is therefore more than welcomed, just because it is an attempt among others to debunk all the bullshit circling around -from alternative medicine to conspiracy theories and fake history to tthompson. This is not to say that they find acceptance. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.


Do yourself a favour and don’t bother with this book. The report, entitled ‘Teaching Emotive and Controversial History’, is bound to select problematic counterknowlesge. In reading his continual disconcertedness, I found myself becoming more and more impatient.

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. On the whole he is quite ocunterknowledge the mark as far as he goes.

But any such inquiry dzmian surely explicitly identify persons who have behaved culpably e. Meanwhile, postmodernist literary and cultural theorists take it upon themselves to develop ill-conceived philosophical doctrines about the nature of truth and reality – and even in some cases to offer criticisms of such specialised fields as quantum physics.

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I did n The book Counterknowledge by Damian Thompson is about conpiracy’s. George Bush planned the September 11 attacks.

An important polemic, but begs the question – if the placebo effect is so powerful, why doesn’t modern medicine make more use of it? In Counterknowledge, Damian Thompson has a lot of fish to shoot in a very big barrel. We are being swamped with dangerous nonsense.

Does he think that their books are not covered by copyright? And neither is he, because he makes many assumptions about people’s motivations.