Don't Be Fooled

A Citizen's Guide to News and Information in the Digital Age

Author: John H. McManus, Ph.D.

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781976425783

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Page: 246

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America is being torn apart by the rise of new sources of news that have no respect for facts or democracy. Coupled with politicians who cast honest journalists as frauds and enemies of the public, they are eroding the informational common ground and poisoning the process of reaching consensus that democracy requires. Public trust in professional journalism has fallen to the lowest point since polls began to measure confidence in the news. That makes us prey for unscrupulous media actors who whip up resentment and hatred of fellow Americans with false and distorted news reports. Because each group now has its own set of "facts," disputes cannot be resolved logically. We are becoming a nation of warring tribes, even to the point where we no longer wish to associate with each other. As a consequence, lawmakers no longer agree on what's real, much less what to do about it. Congress can no more plot a safe course forward than a squirrel caught in traffic. The only solution that respects freedom of speech is to equip all citizens with some basic tools - habits of mind - enabling them to discern truth from falsehood in this new information ecology of confusion. It's vital that we learn to critically assess news and information because in a democracy a misinformed vote counts as much as a wise one. And everyone is equally bound by the outcome. This book presents a method - the SMELL test - for separating real from fake and misleading news. But it goes much further: * Assessing the dimensions of a communication revolution that's upending politics and altering every aspect of modern life; * Exploring the limited nature of facts; * Explaining the origins of bias and how to uncover them; * Showing how self-interest on the part of individuals and news organizations influences what becomes news; * Providing realistic standards for news quality; * Describing how to "read" images and video; * Exposing common ways spinmeisters manipulate the public, and finally: * Reviewing online tools and techniques for unmasking bias, including our own.
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Don't be Fooled

A Philosophy of Common Sense

Author: Jan Bransen

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1351745425

Category: Philosophy

Page: 202

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In the debate leading up to the EU referendum in the United Kingdom, the British politician Michael Gove declared that "people in this country have had enough of experts". In the 2016 Presidential campaign in the United States, Donald Trump waged a war against the very idea of expertise. Yet if you are worried about your child's behaviour, don't know which laptop to buy, or just want to get fit, the answer is easy: ask an expert. Where do we draw the line? Why do we appear to know more and more collectively, yet less and less individually? Has expertise painted itself into a corner? Can we defend both science and common sense? In this engaging and much-needed book Jan Bransen explores these important questions and more. He argues that the rise of behavioural sciences has caused a sea change in the relationship between science and common sense. He shows how - as recently as the 1960s - common sense and science were allies in the battle against ignorance, but that since then populism and chauvinism have claimed common sense as their own. Bransen argues that common sense is a collection of interrelated skills that draw on both an automatic pilot and an investigative attitude where we ask ourselves the right questions. It is the very attitude of open-minded inquiry and questioning that Bransen believes we are at risk of losing in the face of an army of experts. Drawing on fascinating examples such as language and communication, money, the imaginary world of Endoxa, domestic violence, and quality of life, Don't be Fooled: A Philosophy of Common Sense is a brilliant and wry defence of a skill that is a vital part of being human.
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Don’T Be Fooled

Be Conscious Fountain of Youth

Author: Gautam Kapur

Publisher: Partridge Publishing

ISBN: 1482884607

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 114

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Dont Be Fooled Dont be fooled is an empowering book that will point you in a direction that creates clarity on reading labels, essential nutrients, the impact of emotions on our body, emotional eating, and more . . . Turbocharge your life with critical information. That will help slow down the ageing process with simple steps to organic living. Be conscious!
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Don't be Fooled Again

Lessons in the good, bad and unpredictable behaviour of global finance

Author: Meyrick Chapman

Publisher: Pearson UK

ISBN: 0273745166

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 296

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The decade which began in July 1997 saw a global financial system that generated more wealth for more people for a much longer period of time than any other in financial history. But ten years later, in a seemingly sudden move, there was a flight of capital and a collapse of the global banking system. What went wrong? Did anyone see it coming? What lessons can we learn from this? And is it really all that bad? Fooled Again is not a history book, but it looks at the history of recent financial management, mismanagement, extraordinary risk and greed, flows of global capital and international toxic balance sheets to identity the key lessons to be learned from the global financial crisis. Taking a considered and long-term view, Meyrick Chapman gives an immensely readable and insightful view of what really happened and shows us why not all crises are bad, and why the events of 2008 and 2009 may ultimately benefit us.
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TrendWatching

Don't Be Fooled by the Next Investment Fad, Mania, Or Bubble

Author: Ron Insana

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780060084622

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 254

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A study of the dynamics of stock market trends identifies its often costly cycles while explaining how investors can best identify and profit from bubbles, discussing major market events throughout history and what can be learned from them.
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Don't Be Fooled by the Principal

Author: Claudia Hamilton

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1449006647

Category: Fiction

Page: 116

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A fully packed, rural country school. With good teachers and students and a wonderful Principal. This new principal got the students involved in many activities. All the parents were happy to have such an active principal at the school. The parents also admired his appearance and mannerisms: a tall black man well put together. One never knew what color gabardine pants he would be wearing the next day. But it was amazing and surprising when they learned about his deep, intimate friendship with one special female student.
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Fooled by Randomness

The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets

Author: Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781588367679

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 368

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Fooled by Randomness is a standalone book in Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s landmark Incerto series, an investigation of opacity, luck, uncertainty, probability, human error, risk, and decision-making in a world we don’t understand. The other books in the series are The Black Swan, Antifragile, and The Bed of Procrustes. “[Taleb is] Wall Street’s principal dissident. . . . [Fooled By Randomness] is to conventional Wall Street wisdom approximately what Martin Luther’s ninety-nine theses were to the Catholic Church.” –Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker Finally in paperback, the word-of-mouth sensation that will change the way you think about the markets and the world.This book is about luck: more precisely how we perceive luck in our personal and professional experiences. Set against the backdrop of the most conspicuous forum in which luck is mistaken for skill–the world of business–Fooled by Randomness is an irreverent, iconoclastic, eye-opening, and endlessly entertaining exploration of one of the least understood forces in all of our lives. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Please Hear What I'm Not Saying

A Poem's Reach Around the World

Author: Charles C. Finn

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781467829601

Category: Poetry

Page: 152

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Standing at that magical place where sand meets sea, you likely have imagined putting a message in a bottle, consigning it to the waves, hoping it might some day reach another shore, and then not only be read but, incredibly across space and time, make a difference in other lives now connected to your own. It has happened to me, and I must sing of it. In the autumn of 1966 I let the waves carry off a poem—passed around to students, family and friends, no need for even my name on it. Its message was simple: Keep heart, you are not alone; love, stronger than strong walls, will come, helping your heart in hiding grow wings, feeble perhaps at first, but wings! Word astoundingly began to come back in 1969, and has continued since, that “Please Hear What I’m Not Saying” was indeed reaching other shores, across space and time was indeed making a difference in other lives. What follows attests to the power of words from the heart to touch other hearts, sometimes even to change other lives. Read on. You, too, will sing of it.
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Lauren Greenfield: Generation Wealth

Author: Lauren Greenfield

Publisher: Phaidon Press

ISBN: 9780714872124

Category: Photography

Page: 504

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A highly anticipated monograph from the internationally acclaimed documentary photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield: Generation Wealth is both a retrospective and an investigation into the subject of wealth over the last twenty-five years. Greenfield has traveled the world - from Los Angeles to Moscow, Dubai to China - bearing witness to the global boom-and-bust economy and documenting its complicated consequences. Provoking serious reflection, this book is not about the rich, but about the desire to be wealthy, at any cost.
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Fooled Ya!

How Your Brain Gets Tricked by Optical Illusions, Magicians, Hoaxes & More

Author: Jordan D. Brown

Publisher: Moondance Press

ISBN: 163322158X

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 80

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Wise up with this fun-filled, activity-packed, eye-opening kid's guide to neuroscience and psychology. Discover the variety of ways our brains can trick us, from optical illusions to magicians' masterful use of misdirection to strategies used by con artists. Learn why you can't always trust your brain, so you'll be less likely to be swindled, hoodwinked, or bamboozled. Along the way, Brian Z. Brain, an illustrated comic guide, will help explain how your mind works. Sections include "Can You Trust Your Brain," "Fool the Five Senses," "How Magicians Mess with Your Mind," and "Learn to Be Less Gullible." Woven throughout are various articles that present interesting stories or facts from neuroscience, psychology, and history.
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The Big Fat Surprise

Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet

Author: Nina Teicholz

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451624433

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 496

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Challenges popular misconceptions about fats and nutrition science, revealing the distorted claims of nutrition studies while arguing that more dietary fat can lead to better health, wellness, and fitness.
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Five to Thrive

Your Cutting-Edge Cancer Prevention Plan

Author: Lise Alschuler,Karolyn A. Gazella

Publisher: Active Interest Media Incorporated

ISBN: 9781935297406

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 228

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The inspirational concept of "thriving" is promoted in this groundbreaking plan, which pinpoints five specific pathways that are essential to preventing cancer: immunity, inflammation, hormones, insulin resistance, and detoxification/digestion. The strategy goes beyond basic advice on the immune system and dieting, describing in detail how the human body is designed to anticipate this sickness in the first place. Penned by actual cancer survivors, featuring accounts of current fighters, and including commentary from those who have lost loved ones to the disease, this guide weaves personal stories with a game plan for avoiding an all-too-common ailment.
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Whose Mind Is It Anyway?

Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Life

Author: Lisa Esile,Franco Esile

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101993618

Category: Self-Help

Page: 176

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A sympathetic illustrated guide to learning to live with your mind--even when it tries to trick you. Most of us spend our lives trailing after our minds, allowing our brains to take us in directions that are safe and secure, controlled and conformed. Your mind doesn't want you to take that new job, sign up for that pottery class, or ask someone out. It wants you to stay unemployed, unfulfilled, and single because it enjoys routine and is resistant to change, no matter how positive the change may be. But more often than not, that's not what you want. Whose Mind Is It Anyway? will help you learn how to separate what you want from what your brain wants and how to do less when your mind is trying to trick you into doing more. In a colorful, funny, and nonthreatening way, it answers the difficult question of how we can take control of our self-defeating behaviors. Filled with charming illustrations, this book will be the friendly voice in your head to counter your negative thoughts, and it will teach you how to finally be at peace with all that you are. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Ain't Gonna Be the Same Fool Twice

A Novel

Author: April Sinclair

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1504018664

Category: Fiction

Page: 324

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Stevie Stevenson graduates from college and embraces the liberating California lifestyle in award-winning author April Sinclair’s follow-up to her “vivid and brilliant” (San Francisco Review of Books) debut novel Coffee Will Make You Black Growing up black in 1960s Chicago, Jean “Stevie” Stevenson came of age amid the tumult of the civil rights movement, learning to value not just her race and gender but her sexuality as well. Now, nearly a decade later, Stevie is a college graduate enjoying a week of vacation in San Francisco. After getting a taste of the bohemian life, she can’t bring herself to return home to her family and journalism career in Chicago. Instead, she’s determined to spread her wings and discover her true self, experimenting with free love, gay pride, and vegetarianism; forging a friendship with a gay disco queen; and taking a job at the feminist Personal Change Counseling Center. As she falls in and out of love, Stevie takes time to observe both the absurd and the liberating qualities of the West Coast hippie lifestyle—and is constantly reminded that the journey to self-discovery likely has no end point. Written with the same bright wit and endless charm that made Coffee Will Make You Black such a beloved book, Ain’t Gonna Be the Same Fool Twice is a delightful continuation of Stevie’s story that was hailed by Salon as “ripely funny, unpretentious, and sincere.”
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Never Let a Fool Kiss You Or a Kiss Fool You

Author: Mardy Grothe

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780142000571

Category: Reference

Page: 126

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An entertaining selection of quotations that demonstrate the classic linguistic trick of chiasmus presents a rich variety of wit and wisdom from Winston Churchill, Oscar Wilde, Ben Franklin, William Shakepeare, George Bernard Shaw, and Samuel Johnson, among others. Reprint.
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