Weaponized Lies

Readers of this blog will know by now that one of the topics most important to me is honesty. In this talk at Google, author Dan Levitin discusses his book Weaponized Lies: How to Think Critically in the Post-Truth Era. It's about how to get your facts straight or, more simply put, how to not be wrong. In its original hardcover form, the book was called A Field Guide to Lies, but was renamed for the paperback edition following a certain major election.

Critical thinking is now more important than ever as the sheer volume of information makes it difficult to distinguish between fact and fiction in what appears, on its surface, to be news. 

One thing that came out of the video was the often forgotten importance of asking the right questions. His example of the famous "Four out of five dentists recommend..." line in advertising is really illuminating.