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By Gérald Bronner

This e-book discusses the media, ideals, the scoop, the web, and so forth. however it shouldn't be visible as another critique of the media procedure, exploring with angry fascination the belief of a machination opposed to fact manage to serve a society of domination. a majority of these theories, whether or not they pertain to conspiracy theories or, extra subtly, to a self-styled "critical" mind set, have regularly appeared to be the expression of a kind of highbrow puerility. this isn't to assert that makes an attempt at manipulating evaluations don't take place, or that our international is unfastened from compromised ideas, or certainly corruption; faraway from it, yet none of this is often the most important issue.

In truth, fact can in some way be much more unsettling than these myths, despite the fact that subtle they're, that envisage the media procedure hand-in-hand with undefined, technological know-how, and so on, all in contract with the intention to lead the "people" clear of the reality. it's extra unsettling as the strategies defined during this booklet and that permit falsehood and dubiousness to seize the general public sphere are boosted via the improvement of IT, the workings of our minds, and the very nature of democracy. and at last, it truly is extra unsettling simply because we're all liable for what's going to ensue to us.

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It is slightly beyond the scope of intuition and involves thus a greater commitment than other more immediate solutions. It can be formalized as such: since we know that the black diamond is a “THOG”, we can deduce that the experimenter has chosen either the color black or the diamond shape as the “THOG” feature, but not both (since then the black diamond would not be a “THOG”). Hence, we can deduce that the gray heart is a “THOG”. com 14 Belief and Misbelief Asymmetry on the Internet or because of its shape, and the second “THOG” feature must then be the color gray.

What kinds of products will they be faced with? Can we get an idea of the nature of the competition that characterizes the coexistence, on this market, of clashing products? 3. Competition between belief and knowledge on the Internet To find an answer to these questions the author examined what an Internet user with no preconceived ideas could be “offered” on many topics on the Web. To simulate his approach, he took into account the survey results6 about people’s cultural practices in the digital age, which unsurprisingly show that we search the Internet more and more.

We often notice facts which are not incompatible with a dubious statement, but this demonstration is of no value if we do not take into account the proportion, or even the existence, of those other facts that contradict it. If this hankering for verification is not the expression of objective rationality, this somehow also makes life easier for us. Thus, the process of contradiction is undoubtedly more effective if our aim is to look for the truth, since it diminishes the probability of mistaking something false for true.

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