we need more debunking

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.

“I was about 60 when I began seeing my own experiences adding up to me.” — Alice Parker, via @OnBeing

“We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings.” – Ursula K. Leguinn, via @jacobinmag

“There is no energy crisis, food crisis, or environmental crisis. This is only a crisis of ignorance.” – Buckminster Fuller, via @decasteve

“How can you have a war on terrorism when war itself is terrorism?” – Howard Zinn, via @HaymarketBooks

Why the next 20 years will see a lot less technological disruption than the past 20, via @csessums

“But the fact that so many of these efforts seem to be falling short of expectations makes me skeptical of the view that computing power will inevitably transform every sector of the economy. Computers have proven that they’re great at transforming industries — music, news, maps, phone calls, and so forth — that are fundamentally about collecting, processing, and distributing information.

But software companies are now entering industries — from health care and education to lightbulbs and thermostats — that are primarily about managing physical objects or human relationships rather than information. That’s a bigger challenge, and in many of these industries I think technology companies will discover there just isn’t much room for them to add value.”

Examining the anti-GMO hypothesis that vaccines contain glyphosate | Genetic Literacy Project, via @shauncoffey

“Hypotheses are important—they are the key method to how scientific experiments get planned, carried out and understood. They, in short, separate science from a hunch. And point to the difference between grasping at straws, and tilting at windmills. But the hypothesis MAAM, Stephanie Seneff and Anthony Samsel put forward isn’t based on empirical science; it’s grounded in fear-mongering.”

The Debunking Handbook via @ainvienna

“Although there is a great deal of psychological research on misinformation, there’s no summary of the literature that offers practical guidelines on the most effective ways of reducing the influence of myths. The Debunking Handbook boils the research down into a short, simple summary, intended as a guide for communicators in all areas (not just climate) who encounter misinformation.”

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