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K.scientificamerican.War Is Peace: Can Science Fight Media Disinformation? . m. is alive and working in the U.Scientific Ame. I reflected on something I had written a dozen years 2 de 10 15/03/2018 11:15 p.. https://www.. . and had to depend on the National Health Service (he. where he always has).com/article/war-is-peace/ ADVERTISEMENT When I saw the statement repeated online that theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking of the University of Cambridge would be dead by now if he lived in the U.. of course.K.

in one of my first published commentaries: “The increasingly blatant nature of the nonsense uttered with impunity in public discourse is chilling. m. it seems that things have only gotten worse in the years since I first wrote those words.. regardless of whether the origins of the nonsense are religious fanaticism.War Is Peace: Can Science Fight Media Disinformation? . .Scientific Ame.scientificamerican. https://www. ADVERTISEMENT English novelist George Orwell was remarkably prescient about 3 de 10 15/03/2018 11:15 p. Our democratic society is imperiled as much by this as any other single threat. simple ignorance or personal gain. into alignment with other industrial countries in providing reasonable and affordable health care for all its citizens.S.” As I listen to the manifest nonsense that has been promulgated by the likes of right-wing fanatic radio hosts and moronic ex-governors in response to the effort to bring the U..com/article/war-is-peace/ ago.

and when we act. and one of the most disturbing aspects of his masterpiece 1984 involved the blatant perversion of objective reality. along with 24-hour news channels has. It has instead provided free and open access. (even though a White House aide in the past administration came chillingly close when he said to a New York Times reporter.War Is Peace: Can Science Fight Media Disinformation? . .. end up serving as public relations vehicles for 4 de 10 15/03/2018 11:15 p. I am concerned. “We’re an empire now.com/article/war-is-peace/ many things. has. Nonsense claims had more difficulty gaining traction in the days when print journalism held sway and newspaper editors had the final word on what made its way into homes and when television news consisted of a half-hour summary of what a trained producer thought were the most essential stories of the day. driving thousands of zombielike protesters to Washington to argue that access to health care will undermine their fundamental freedom to have their insurance canceled if they get sick. desperate to provide ”breaking” coverage at all hours. Now fabrications about “death panels” and oxymoronic claims that ”government needs to keep its hands off of Medicare” flow freely on the Internet.scientificamerican. had the opposite effect from what many might have hoped such free and open access to information would have had. The rise of a ubiquitous Internet. however that something equally pernicious. m.. And 24-hour news channels. to a barrage of disinformation. https://www.Scientific Ame. without the traditional media filters. in some sense.S. using constant repetition of propaganda by a militaristic government in control of all the media. at least to the free exercise of democracy. Centrally coordinated and fully effective reinvention of reality has not yet come about in the U. we create our own reality”).

by the scientific method.War Is Peace: Can Science Fight Media Disinformation? .scientificamerican..Scientific Ame. on an equal footing.. gets thrown out like yesterday’s newspaper. decide that the competition for ratings requires them to be anything but ”fair and balanced” in their reporting. regardless of their underlying logic or validity. What fails the test of empirical reality. and have been. One doesn’t need to debate about whether the earth is flat or 6. Discerning the merits of competing claims is where the empirical basis of science should play a role. worse. doesn’t mean putting all viewpoints.” however. . I cannot stress often enough that what science is all about is not proving things to be true but proving them to be false.000 years old. ADVERTISEMENT What makes people so susceptible to nonsense in public discourse? 5 de 10 15/03/2018 11:15 p. “Fair and balanced. m. These claims can safely be discarded. as determined by observation and experiment. https://www.com/article/war-is-peace/ any celebrity who happens to make an outrageous claim or.

m.edu).War Is Peace: Can Science Fight Media Disinformation? .. Note: This article was originally printed with the title.asu. "War Is Peace.scientificamerican. a theoretical physicist. is Foundation Professor and director of the Origins Initiative at Arizona State University (http://krauss.com/article/war-is-peace/ Is it because we do such a miserable job in schools teaching what science is all about—that it is not a collection of facts or stories but a process for weeding out nonsense to get closer to the underlying beautiful reality of nature? Perhaps not. Krauss. But I worry for the future of our democracy if a combination of a free press and democratically elected leaders cannot together somehow more effectively defend empirical reality against the onslaught of ideology and fanaticism." This article was originally published with the title "War is Peace" ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S) Lawrence M. . commentator and book author..faculty. LATEST NEWS 6 de 10 15/03/2018 11:15 p. https://www.Scientific Ame.

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