Sunday, 5 August 2018

'Humans are a post-truth species'

quote [ In his new book, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, the bestselling author turns his attention to the problems we face today. Here, he argues that ‘fake news’ is much older than Facebook ]

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[by arrowhen@6:30pmGMT]

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hellboy said @ 7:25am GMT on 6th Aug [Score:1 Underrated]
I'm reading Sapiens by Harari. It's very good. Maybe we should revive the SE Book Club? Might work better with nonfic?
WeiYang said @ 9:25pm GMT on 6th Aug [Score:1 Underrated]
I once took a Native American history class from a Tuscarora guy named Andrew Jackson. The irony was not lost on him. He used to say, "We call it 'His Story'."

The stele of ancient kings ALWAYS show them winning. To read ancient Egyptian tellings, they never lost a battle, even the Pharaohs whose bodies showed terrible wounds and decay associated with a "battlefield mummification' .

News has never really been about the "objective" relation of facts. Never. There has always been an axe to grind and the outlet has always considered its audience when choosing what to write and about what. And history...written by the winners. FFS, prior to about 1900, there were papers in the US that were the official organs of political parties, out loud and proud of it, THAT is why people bought that paper....

This should not be a surprise. Humans want to hear what they want to hear. They will reward those who give it to them and punish those who don't.

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