Bullspotting by Loren Collins
Finding Facts in the Age of Misinformation

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This entertaining and educational book applies the tools of critical thinking to identify the common features and trends among misinformation campaigns. With illustrations drawn from conspiracy theorists and deniers of every stripe, the author teaches readers how rumors are started, and the rhetorical techniques and logical fallacies often found in misleading or outright false claims.

What distinguishes real conspiracies from conspiracy theories, real science from pseudoscience, and actual history from bogus accounts purporting to be history? How does one evaluate the credibility of rumors and quotes or judge the soundness of legal arguments advanced by tax deniers? Readers will learn how to make these critical distinctions and also how to spot "evidence" that has been manufactured or manipulated in some way to create a false impression.

At a time when average citizens are bombarded with false information every day, this entertaining book will prove to be not only a great read but also an indispensable resource.


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About Loren Collins

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Loren Collins (Atlanta, GA) has been published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on the topics of misinformation and critical thinking. An attorney and firm associate with the Law Office of W. Bryant Green, III, P. C., he is the creator of www.BirthofaNotion.com, a website that debunks the fallacies propounded by "birthers" regarding the legitimacy of President Barack Obama's US citizenship.
 
Published October 30, 2012 by Prometheus Books. 275 pages
Genres: Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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The longest chapter is devoted to pseudoscience because it is, Collins says, “incredibly varied, potentially complex, and more sophisticated than your average Internet conspiracy theory.” Collins tracks the origins of bogus beliefs across Facebook and Twitter: Martin Luther King never said, â...

Jul 02 2012 | Read Full Review of Bullspotting: Finding Facts i...

PopMatters

If you’re reading this, the world didn’t end on December 21st.

Jan 18 2013 | Read Full Review of Bullspotting: Finding Facts i...

SF Crow's Nest

Author Loren Collins hails from Atlanta, Georgia and as he admits in the introduction to this book, ‘Bullspotting: Finding Facts In The Age Of Misinformation’, he was living under a delusion as to the reasons for the American Civil War until he did his own investigations and found it was all to d...

Dec 27 2012 | Read Full Review of Bullspotting: Finding Facts i...

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