Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Cotto/Gottfried: Conspiracy fact v. conspiracy theory: Michael Shermer on which is which

Telling the difference between an actual conspiracy and someone's conspiracy theory has always been far from the easiest of tasks. Nowadays, with global communication more prominent than ever before, lies can run much farther and faster than in years past, relegating the truth to a perpetual game of catch-up. How can one be informed amid the Information Age? Michael Shermer is a man who needs no introduction; one of our time's foremost public intellectuals, he recently created a Great Courses contribution which aims to answer this question. 'Conspiracies & Conspiracy Theories: What We Should and Shouldn't Believe - and Why' is an Amazon bestseller which has found considerable favor with its listeners. On this episode of 'Cotto/Gottfried,' Shermer explains how his latest Great Courses entry came about, the historical facts regarding conspiracies, and much more.

'Conspiracies & Conspiracy Theories' at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Conspiracies-Conspiracy-Theories-Shouldnt-Believe/dp/B07XH2H2TP

Shermer's website: https://michaelshermer.com/

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