Please mark your calendars for our next book club discussion on June 7th from 9-10 AM EST at Paul French Bakery and Cafe, Tysons Galleria located at 2001 International Dr #1856G, McLean, VA.
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This time, the book club will be reading The Constitution of Knowledge.
About the book: 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 multi-front 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 eighteenth-century developments of liberal democracy and science to explain what he calls the "Constitution of Knowledge"-our social system for turning disagreement into truth.
Feel free to reach out to Vanessa Kennedy (email@example.com) if you have any questions.
Register in advance for this meeting. Please look out for an email confirmation.
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