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  • A Defense of Truth
  • By: Jonathan Rauch
  • Narrated by: Traber Burns
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)

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Summary

Arming Americans to defend the truth from today’s war on facts.

Disinformation. Trolling. Conspiracies. Social media pile-ons. Campus intolerance. On the surface, these recent additions to our daily vocabulary appear to have little in common. But together, they are driving an epistemic crisis: a multifront challenge to America’s ability to distinguish fact from fiction and elevate truth above falsehood.

In 2016, Russian trolls and bots nearly drowned the truth in a flood of fake news and conspiracy theories, and Donald Trump and his troll armies continued to do the same. Social media companies struggled to keep up with a flood of falsehoods and too often didn’t even seem to try. Experts and some public officials began wondering if society was losing its grip on truth itself. Meanwhile, another new phenomenon appeared: “cancel culture”. At the push of a button, those armed with a cellphone could gang up by the thousands on anyone who ran afoul of their sanctimony.

In this pathbreaking book, Jonathan Rauch reaches back to the parallel 18th-century developments of liberal democracy and science to explain what he calls the “Constitution of Knowledge” - our social system for turning disagreement into truth.

By explicating the Constitution of Knowledge and probing the war on reality, Rauch arms defenders of truth with a clearer understanding of what they must protect, why they must do - and how they can do it. His book is a sweeping and listenable description of how every American can help defend objective truth and free inquiry from threats as far away as Russia and as close as the cellphone.

©2021 Jonathan Rauch (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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Just the tonic…

….so many, silenced, need. You can read/hear the tide turning here. Thank you, Jonathan

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Enlightening and rousing! Masterful.

"check your facts, not your privalege"
A deep-dive into the history and necessity of the 'realty-based community'. Wonderfully read and written with passion, clarity and flare. Bravo

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How to steer our course back to objective truth

Brimming with insights, this must be the most perceptive account of what's gone wrong in our knowledge economy recently, what's been going right for a long time, and how to steer our course back to objective truth. Rauch articulates what I suspect many of us have felt but have been barely able to put into words. He offers a synthesis of the ideas of many thinkers, from Karl Popper to James Madison, and then reaches a little further yet than has been done before.

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Outstanding material, reader is a bit intense

This book is fantastic and essential reading for living in todays Information Age. The reader is fine I would have rather Jonathan Rauch read it as it would seem less “performative”.

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Required reading

Very balanced 8n content... offering hopeful insights. One criticism would be the examples (other than those directly aimed at problems with left leaning ideology) were predominantly instances relating to right political ideology.

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Essential

Super valuable. Feels like he makes as big a step forward as Karl Popper did.

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